Songs of Love and Death

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Songs of Love and Death

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Emm's 2005 album of Irish cover songs. Tracklisting:

Forget Georgia (Something Happens cover)

Running Back (Thin Lizzy cover)

Deckchairs and Cigarettes (Thrills cover)

Breathless (The Corrs cover)

Dearg Doom (Horslips cover)

Shining Light (Ash cover)

Nothing Rhymed (Gilbert O'Sullivan cover)

Bau-Dachong (Virgin Prunes cover) feat. Kate McGarrigle

Julie Ocean (Undertones cover)

Nowhere (Therapy? cover)

Produced by Emm Gryner

 

 

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HOTPRESS review for SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH (by Killian Murphy, October 28 2005)

Songs Of Love And Death

Singer-songwriter Emm Gryner hails from Canada, but she looks to the Emerald Isle for inspiration on Songs Of Love And Death, interpreting material from an eclectic mix of Irish acts.

Singer-songwriter Emm Gryner hails from Canada, but she looks to the Emerald Isle for inspiration on Songs Of Love And Death, interpreting material from an eclectic mix of Irish acts.

There is also plenty to enjoy on the album. A classy vocal performance, and some sprightly programming inject much-needed personality into The Thrills’ ‘Deckchairs And Cigarettes’ (that old expression about silk purses and sows’ ears springs to mind), while her rendition of Horslips’ ‘Dearg Doom’ replaces the original’s legendary guitar riff with some creepy, breathing-over-your-shoulder organ, removing any traces of rock bluster and adding a twisted PJ Harvery-esque menace. Elsewhere, Gryner plays up the melodic qualities in Therapy?’s ‘Nowhere’, re-casting it as a languid, campfire singalong.

On some tracks it is the excellence of the original material rather than the sparkling re-invention that shines through. Gilbert O’Sullivan’s delightful ‘Nothing Rhymed’ has a melody strong enough to make any variations in production and arrangement seem irrelevant, while Something Happens’ ‘Forget Georgia’ remains an unremarkable-yet-enjoyable slice of pop-rock.

Gryner’s selection of songs is solid. Songs Of Love And Death can go down as a qualified success.