Declan De Barra - Song Of A Thousand Birds
- Artist: Declan De Barra
- Album: Song Of A Thousand Birds
- Label: Translation Loss
- Year of Release: 2007
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: patchen on 2007-04-20
Mr. de Barra is one serious fellow. His folk-pop is infused with BIG IDEAS and he paints them in such broad strokes just in case you miss the obvious. There are even seagull sound effects to drive home his point that that birds are a metaphor for freedom and change. This is an attempt at a poetic, mystical meditation, as befits his Celtic roots, but the result is ham-fisted and precious. What was meant to be an anthem comes across as New Age navel-gazing. Your worst fears for songs titled "Throw Your Arms Around Me" the title track and "Leaves in Autumn" are realized. The trite and obvious is passed off as passionate and profound. As an Irishman, sad to say, the man needs a little more Craic in his philosophy.
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