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DECLAN DE BARRA
SONG OF A THOUSAND BIRDS
TRANSLATION LOSS

Former Clann Zu frontman Declan de Barra offers a stunning solo debut enriched with deep instrumentations and haunting vocal melodies on the 11-track SONG OF A THOUSAND BIRDS. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave, Morrissey, Johnny Cash, and Tom Waits engaged in a roundtable debate with guitars in tow, tracks like "Slow Dissolve" spawn a country-fried melancholic shuffle, while "Leaves in the Autumn" delves into de Barra’s Irish lineage with an adventurous sound that juxtaposes Celtic and Middle Eastern music. There are also some adroit pop-rock songs sprinkled throughout the course of this disc such as "Welcome" that scream for a jean endorsement as well as the mass populace's adoration, yet SONG OF A THOUSAND BIRDS yields a more heady experience than your run of the mill singer-songwriter fare and should be treated as such. For the mature and refined taste, Declan de Barra's solo debut is a wonderful find and provides a wealth of musical thrills.
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