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Fisherman's Blues

The Waterboys

1988

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Fisherman's Blues

Rating

3.18

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5

So loving this album. 4 songs in and I think I've added 3 to playlists. Great sounds: piano, strings, driving base, catchy guitar. Vocals are solid aswell. Driving, ensemble rock with lots of instruments/variety of sounds with folk roots - but more rock than anything else. Piano theme, and horns in 'World Party' are incredible. Strings create a great feel to the song. Every song has so much great feel. this is likely going to be my first 5 star. some nice authentic feeling songs on the second disk. The final song, 12 min long, Soon As I Get Home builds to the most pumping crescendo in the second half of the song. definition of a full on jam session. yes a 5 star album.

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This is two days in a row I've been served a Scottish band (last one was Orange Juice) but this is a completely different experience. The songwriting is excellent. Lyrical, nuanced, and nostalgic while remaining modern (for 1988) and relevant. Shades of Dylan meets Springsteen but with an undeniable celtic energy. Overall, a really intriguing and engaging album. It came out in '88 but holds up really well overall.

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This is pretty cool, just Irish kinda rock. Only criticism is that it gets a bit old towards the end, like most other stuff in this genre I've heard before. I think the Irish pub rock scene could do with restraint - there's no need to add 60 renditions of folk songs onto the second half of every album. 3/5 all the same.

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Like attending a celidah at the village hall and watching her dance while I eat a scotch egg. She will never love me.

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2

A weird melange of Simple Minds stadium rock and Celtic folk sensibilities. Unfortunately, there are many better stadium rock acts, and many better folkies, and this falls between the cracks.

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Never got around to listening to the Waterboys before, so I was looking forward to hearing what I've missed. Sadly, I found the album very uneven. Some amazing tracks like "Sweet Thing", which turns into a weird Beatles cover (and itself received an odd hardcore punk cover by Comadre, which sadly isn't on the site). Some tracks that are at least memorable, if not my cup of tea, like "We Will Not be Lovers". However, from track 6 on it's mostly generic Irish folk-rock that any pub rockers in Ireland could probably play equally forgettably. I'm not a huge folk-rock fan (or a big listener of Irish music), but I don't think I'm being biased in saying the album falls drastically short of the standards set by its own high points. Edit: also a shit album title, since there's nothing nautical or bluesy here. 2.5

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2.6 - This record reminds me of a pack of bourbon flavored gummy bears I was once gifted. I like bourbon on its own and gummy bears on their own as well. Merging the two, though it might seem like a good idea, proved underwhelming. Similarly, this album is an underwhelming combo of Irish/Scottish folk and adult contemporary rock. Listening to it seems utterly pointless to me. The only place I could ever imagine hearing this would be at an Irish pub or a St. Paddy’s day parade or an Irish pride event or some other Irish-themed venue. “Sweet Thing” is one cool track - the fiddle actually works on this and doesn’t feel like a distraction as it does for much of the rest.

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What is this? Who is this? 22 tracks?!?! Why are they just singing “Blackbird” in the middle of one song? Why is every album suggested so far overflowing with folk instruments? How many dudes are in this band?? Etc.

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Think of the Pogues, but not cool.

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5

Just a fantastic piece of folk rock history.... it’s a classic!

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ши.кар.дос. интересный фолк с элементами народных инструментов из Великобритании и окружающих островов. звучит красиво.

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5

Wonderful

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Emotive, impactful and uplifting

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5

Really enjoyed this!

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Banging

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Sjefe greier

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5

An absolutely fantastic album. Love the strings

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5

I’ve never heard of them, but I like the description on Wikipedia of folk-rock. I tend to like that, so I anticipate that I will like this one. I really like this one. I would buy their albums.

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5

I really enjoyed this album, exactly my type of thing. From what I understand, this album is a departure from the band's usual post-punk stuff so I'll have to check that out too.

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5

Me gustó tanto este álbum que hasta me atreví a escuchar toda la versión extendida. Fue una buena decisión, siento que conocía a los Waterboys de nombre, pero nunca los había escuchado. Joyas. Eso de meter sonidos escoceses (espero que sí lo sean) resulta muy acertado, pensé en una onda medio Nick Cave, pero también Belle and Sebastian y gente más rockera. Hubo una canción que me encantó: "We Will Not Be Lovers". Las otras favs fueron: "Sweet Thing", claro "Fisherman's Blues", "You in the Sky" y "When Will Be Married". <3 10/10

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5

Loved it, surprising good

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5

Fantastic well crafted music! From relaxing and almost soothing to absolute foot stompers.

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5

Canción versionada por Celtas Cortos. Ya la conocía y estaba entre mis favoritos.

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5

Muy folk y con mucha melodía. A mantener en el tiempo.

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5

Una grata sorpresa. Me gustó mucho todo el disco. Las instrumentaciones son variadas, conmovedoras y llenas de textura, uno se imagina que es otro disco folk y ya, pero es como si pidieras unas papas chicas y te dan unas extra grandes. Favs: The stolen child, el interludio celta Dunfords Fancy, We will not be lovers y Carolans welcome. Mood: grito sad de banshee

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Leuke muziek met veel vrolijk fiddle-deuntjes! Zeer mooie verrassing!

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5

Didn't hate it, but I wavered between 'this is great' and 'this is annoying' regularly throughout. Appreciated the blending of genres, but didn't necessarily love any of them. Some pretty catchy tunes in there though. I feel like it's one I'd love after several listens. Edit: I ended up listening three times and by the end I really loved it. Think it took me a while to get into what they were doing, but by the end I even enjoyed the more twee folky ones like Carolan's Welcome (felt like the soundtrack to a really great playstation game). Agree with Stef, Fisherman's Blues and And a Bang on the Ear were highlights.

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boss

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5

This is pretty cool. Really interesting instrumentation, bright clear production, good lyrics & vocals.

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5

So good 4.5

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5

Great folk-rock with sounds of traditional Irish and Scotish music. Waterboys' best selling album. Must be listened!

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5

really fun!

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5

This was surprisingly great, really reminded me of early dropkick murphys

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5

I honestly don't know how I've gone 30 years in this earth without hearing this album. Love the fusion of folk and rock. It's awesome.

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5

Folk rock. Me ha gustado. Vinilo.

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5

Dylan meets Dave Matthews

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4

Listened to this all the time in college.

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4

The country/folk fusion here is cute, and exactly my bag. I felt that the more rocking numbers were the more forgettable, and that the tropier material was the most fun. I admit that fiddles are a huge weak spot in my taste, but I enjoyed them immensely. I wish that the closing track were longer, and I'm delighted that this thing was produced at all.

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4

Really solid and really honest folk album, I'm impressed. Great atmosphere, almost like I just stepped into a pub after a long day's work of harvesting vegetables or something. Fiddles and mandolins are both top tier instruments in my opinion. Best song: When Ye Go Away. It has just the right blend of jangly acoustic rock and trad Celtic folk.

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4

Really good folksy celtic vibes with great production values.

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4

Feels right at home!

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4

This is actually pretty cool!

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This is like a more roots based Drive By Truckers which naturally means I love it.

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4

Very surprised by this one! I almost wrote this one off before listening for some reason but I was hooked by the first two songs! Love the fiddle? Violin? Not sure but it's great and love the lead singers voice. Wasn't able to listen to the whole thing will have to listen again soon!

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4

Super Fun album. This is not the first time, I've heard this!

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4

Folky and easy to listen to

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4

Brilliant. The title track is a classic, stolen child, bang on the ear, their version of sweet thing all brilliant. Overall enjoyed it a lot

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4

Good stuff. Bit too sombre for a dark January mind.

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4

Klinkt zoals de naam

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4

This was a blast. Plus I knew the first song from “Waking Ned Devine”

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4

Folksy? Whatever it is I dig it. Remind me to look into The Waterboys in the future.

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4

Irish springsteen/dylan

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4

I had no expectations. It blew me out of the water. Who are these people?

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4

Damn i LOVE that title track. okay, stolen child is really bad. rest of the album is actually pretty enjoyable.

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4

This album was surprisingly good for me. Very good songs with a nice vibe.

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4

Enjoyable

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I really enjoyed this! Like a precursor to Arcade Fire or a lot of other indie rock of the late aughts

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4

Fond memories

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Mooie stem, mooie violen, weer eens iets anders.

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4

I really got into this. There were some great riffs and the tracks were quite variable. Consequently a rare ****

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4

Interesting. I had never heard of them or their story

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Irish folk

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4

So good! Had to find out what a “Bang on the Ear” was from my east coast friend - one of my favourites on the album

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4

Really great, like Fairport and Flogging Molly made an album. (I know, this predates that, just sayin'...)

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4

Very nice example of British skittle music.... Good fiddle, decent lyrics

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4

- fucking long - nice balence of trad / modern - strong themes, emotive. - some overly trad songs - odd flow of the album --> meet me at the station into soon as I get home. - good variety of styles and vibes

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4

Was unfamiliar with this band. Solid jams.

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Folky, Irish music. You can hear the joy of these sessions in the music. Best Tracks: Fisherman's Blues, Sweet Thing, When Ye Go Away

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4

Never heard of this group or album, but I was very impressed by this album. Right off the bat, the Waterboys hit us with some fantastic songs. The first three really got the ball rolling. I also loved the "Sweet Thing" cover, including some lyrical references to Blackbird. Wikipedia notes this album as a blend of pop rock with some traditional Irish and Scottish sounds. I could definitely hear notes of that throughout, and I can honestly say I'd enjoy more of this, either in the form of another album or one of the various extended versions of this album. Excellent record. Favorite tracks: Fisherman's Blues, We Will Not Be Lovers, Sweet Thing, And a Bang on the Ear, Stolen Child, Strange Boat. Album art: Nothing special at all. Picture looks a lot like the last Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young album we had, with an added frame. Made for an unsuspecting listen (and a pleasant surprise). 4.5/5

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Ирландский фолк. Норм, но скучно.

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4

A little too country for me

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This album has what was probably the first song I ever heard from the Waterboys, "Fisherman's Blues", which was part of the "Waking Ned Divine" soundtrack. I may have listened to this album before, because of that movie, but nothing else sounded very familiar from the album. I like the mix of folk and celtic elements to the Waterboys' music. With rounding, this album probably slips into the 4 star range -- I'd probably listen to the album again.

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7/10

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Folk rock with some Scottish and Irish traditional sounds. Lead singer is sort of Dylan-esque. Liked it!

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4

This album was sweet. Will be making a re-appearance around St. Paddy's day.

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4

Probably beats The Pogues for my favorite Celtic rock album of 1988. Some surprisingly great songs near the beginning, and the others are good too. Nothing overwhelming, but also aesthetically pleasing despite their lengths. Found the Sweet Thing / Blackbird mashup to be interesting, yet it worked. My favorite tracks were probably the first two. "World Party" was also a highlight for me, the one you could really dance to.

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4

Du vrai bon folk. Des gros bangers et des pièces plus calmes qui font plus country, mais aucune pièce mauvaise en soi. Définitivement à rééccouter

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Otroligt mysigt album, bra spännvidd, lyckas blanda coola rocklåtar och riktigt bra folkmusik. Jättebra sound stage och allmänt kompetent utförande. Det fulaste albumomslaget jag någonsin har sett dock. Bra blandning mellan Bob Dylan och Dire Straits

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4

Fiddle diddle dooo jag vill spela i det här bandet (men också Waterboys är världens sämsta namn???)

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4

Irish folk or idk? Reminds me a bit of bluegrass

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4

Enjoyed it

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4

Nice rock with Celtic influences which are not too overwhelming or too much, just the right amount. Makes for a enjoyable, happy listen, albeit a bit too long

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4

Really enjoyed this one, especially the first half. Intricate, well produced authentic folk rock.

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4

This album was absolutely not what I was expecting, and I thought it was really cool to here. Mixing traditional Irish and Scottish folk music and instruments into a rock n roll sound actually worked really well. After listening to a few albums that didn't feel like anything special, this was a welcome change of pace 4/5

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4

I really enjoyed this. I was familiar with the title track but that's it. Strangely enough this reminded me a lot of Bob Dylan circa 1975/76 in his Rolling Thunder Revue and Hurricane era. The same driving fiddle sound and the edge to his voice. Good stuff - glad I discovered this. 4 stars.

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4

An interesting look into 80s Irish folk music. A splash of jazz was cool too.

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4

Nice! A blend of alternative rock with Celtic instruments makes this a fun listen, especially in the first half. Favorites: "We Will Not Be Lovers", "Strange Boat", "Sweet Thing"

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4

-"Fisherman's Blues" be like a bluegrass country jam -"We Will Not Be Lovers" has some of the thickest country-bluegrass sound I have ever heard. Some bass thing is absolutely chugging and the violin is flying -"World Party" has got some jamming and a grooving bass as well -"Blackbird" references in "Sweet Thing" -"And a Bang on the Ear" and "When Will We Be Married" were catchy enough -Pretty strong, but kind of died out in the second half of the album

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4

Top album, echt van genoten

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4

I love this album. Side 1 is by far the best moment of The Waterboys career. From the epic opening track to the dissonant fiddle that dominates We Will Not Be Lovers, to the beautiful accoustic turn of Strange Boat, the start of this album is as good as it gets. The band then rocks out with danceable World Party and closes side one with a gorgeous take on the Van Morrison classic Sweet Thing. Unfortunately side 2 pales in comparison (how could it not?) With the only standout track being And a Bang on the Ear. The underwhelming second half keeps this from being a 5 🌟 classic. 4.5 🌟

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4

Way better than anticipated. It’s like DMB, mid-70’s Dylan and the Decemberists all had some sort of Celtic love child. I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but I was blown away. Really enjoyed this one, have already revisited.

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4

Better than average, love the folk infuence

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4

Good vibes, energy and authenticity

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4

Really great celtic pub rock vibes, little bit of U2 coming through, maybe a few tracks too many, but the highs are very high- 2nd track in particular

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4

This is such a good record, haunting and lilting. I love the energy of and playing on the uptempo numbers and the poetry and quietude of the ballads and pausier tunes. It starts on such a high that there’s an inevitable dip on the backside but such a labor of love is a great listen.

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4

I loved the start and got lukewarm towards the end. Still overall enjoyable with many added to my liked list

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4

Good vibes

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4

I really enjoyed this

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4

7/10 Best song - Fisherman’s Blues

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4

þetta er insane plata

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4

3.75

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A glorious Celt Folk inspired Rock record, full of joy and energy, love stories and bucolic imagery. Mike Scott has got something truly magical going on here.

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4

Love the folksy feel and Irish sounds. Like a Bob Dylan that can sing.

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Lo tengo en vinilo, como disco me parece el mejor de los Waterboys (aunque el anterior tiene su mejor canción). y creo que este si es de los que merece la pena. Me gustan casi todas las canciones desde "Fisherman's Blues", "We Will Not Be Lovers", "World Party", "Sweet Thing", "And a Bang on the Ear", "When Will We Be Married?", "The Stolen Child"y "This Land Is Your Land". Creo que este disco sirve para entender la popularización de la música irlandesa tradicional como algo Pop que se puede escuchar y disfrutar en cualquier parte del mundo.

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4

If this album was totally crap except for We Will Not Be Lovers, probably the best breakup song I've ever heard and a couple of decades ahead of its time, it would still be a 3 star. The rest of the album isn't totally crap.

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4

Kinda folk rock. Good music. Violins. Cover of sweet thing van morrison.

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4

A truly lovely album, of which I am very fond. Sort of an Irish Basement Tapes.

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4

I have a great deal of love for this album. The Irish folk rock sound so authentic compared the previous pomp. The voice, the lilt, th concept. Those violins. Its irresistibly happy in its approach. Mike Scott knows instinctively when its ok for a sing to run for 6/7 minutes. Yeah there are a couple of fillers but it gets away with it.

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7/10, when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed when will we be married molly when will we be wed when will we be bedded in the same bed

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I honestly kept on changing my mind about how I felt throughout listening to this album. I liked the traditional Celtic sound towards the end, but the record dragged for me as a whole. This is a bit too weak for me to give it a 4, so I'll give it 3 stars but it is more like a 3.5 than a 3.0.

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3

Meh

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3

really nice, but long and starts to drag by the middle. didn't finish

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3

I liked the folksy aspect and the fact it was very Celtic - felt very at home. However, maybe I've just been oversaturated by Celtic trad that it‘s just not to my taste. Good tho!

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3

decent old stuff, sounds good

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3

Fav Song: When Will We Be Married - 1987 Version

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3

Bit Like Dave Matthews with annoying fiddles

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3

Started strong, but it was fine. Solid album, just not amazing to us.

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3

1. Not bad. 2. Really good guitar, I liked the track. 3. Liked it. 4. Piano and bass really shine, like the track a lot. 5. Lead + rhythm guitar is really nice. 6. Pretty nice, chill track. 7. Okay track. I like the Rhodes-ish synth near the end. 8. Nice piano, song is laid back and chill. 9. Starting to kind of get tired of the violin, but not a bad song. The piano sounds really nice. 10. Really cool guitar riff throughout the song, interesting vibrato on the lead guitar in the intro. Like the laid back vibe of the song. 11. Okay track. 12. Really like the intro, nice piano and flute parts. Piano work is amazing throughout. 13. Cool jam track to end the first part of the album. 14. Really cool flute, reminded me of Breath of the Wild. Really nice how the piano and other instruments join in and make the song that much better. 15. Not bad, instrumentation is nice. 16. Horns are nice, really like the instrumentation. 17. Good. 18. Good. 19. Good. 20. Good. 21. Liked it. 22. Good.

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3

I’m sure it’s a big hit across the pond

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3

Eh, it's fine. I was distracted while listening.

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3

Ontzettend iers, viool geeft goeie vibes

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3

Liked this a bit more than I thought I would. I would say the more coarse/rough vocal stylings help separate it from generic folk/rock. Overall a nice sound. The original edition of the album only spanned the 1st disk so I stopped there. The sounds for the most part sound pretty same-y, but I'm sure if you like it it's perfect that way. Deluxe is a bit too much for one take. 3.5 down to 3 since there weren't any standout tracks for me.

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3

More listenable than The Pogues but still doesn't really work for me.

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3

Found this to be relatively run of the mill folkish pop. Possibly harder on it than it deserves because of the annoyance of not being able to just play the album as released due to YT Music and it's weird presentation of it's available selections.

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3

Pretty good, but didn't hook me

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3

Interesting.

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3

Not awful but like ehhhhhhhhhh 2.9

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3

Este no me gustó tanto. supongo que el bluesgrass no es lo mío.

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3

A little long winded but pretty cool sound in general. Irish Bob Dylan? 6/10

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A good folk album that has punk influences in its first half, but slows down - much to my disliking - in the second. STANDOUTS: -Fisherman’s Blues -We Will Not Be Lovers -World Party -And a Bang on the Ear

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3

Not my favorite, but still better than the Allman Brothers

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3

Folk. Agradable.

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3

Cool when it cuts between studio and amateur recordings. Sincere music and lyrics bestow hearty emotions. Bloody long

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3

I actually liked this album. Not the biggest fan of Irish/Scottish folk music, but the songs were good. Some of the more poppier songs reminded me of 80s U2.

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3

Very interesting, hard to classify. It's got some rock, some bluegrass/country, some 80s sounds, a little jazzy, etc. Good tunes with a little more depth.

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3

Remember discovering this record when I was younger but kinda lost track of it. Pretty good, but gets kinda same-y by the end.

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3

Good music to put me to sleep. Fiddle music makes me uncomfortable slightly but mostly this was just alright.

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3

They remind me A LOT of Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, but defo with a very country music vibe and Irish music. I liked it, the single is a tune.

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3

Good celtic pop album, an original proposal when it was released. Fisherman's Blues is a great single. Rest of album is full of ups and downs, though...

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3

`Good, interesting to listen it.

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3

First few tracks were superb. Fizzles out in the middle

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3

It's decent but not really my thing. Wouldn't ask for it to be turned off

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3

Was alright. Liked Fisherman's Blues....

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3

Good vibes! So acoustic! I really liked Strange Boat.

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3

I liked it. Potential for a 4 but parts of it kinda dragged on

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3

I didn't mind this as much as others, but I am partial to a bit of folk music. Reminded me of The Levellers. 2.5 rounded up to 3.

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3

i listened to it a few times. Not bad. Not great. I will listen again on St Patty's Day 2022 I give it three lucky charms

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3

Aantal erg toffe nummers, maar over het geheel teveel folk en violen voor mijn smaak.

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3

Niet helemaal kunnen luisteren, klonk best ok!

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3

Fine

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3

Liked it.

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3

Very nice mixture of irish, country and rock ballads.

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3

Average album in general, nothing really stands out but it's consistent.

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Tja, The Waterboys maken fijne liedjes. Ideaal voor een gezellige avond thuis of in het café.

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3.5/5 it might have potential

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Gefällt mir, wenn es aber mehr in Richtung Irish Folk geht wie "When we will be married" wird es mir etwas viel Geige.

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3

Ja, ganz nett - gute Melodien, sollte ich mir vielleicht merken?

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3

22 tracks, some of them bangers.

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3

Bien pero no lo acabe

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3

It's fine but quite boring

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3

pretty good vibe

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3

Interesting album. Not huge into traditional British/Celtic music, with a few exceptions, but their more rock oriented songs were cool. This Land is a classic with a great spin, and some of the more instrumental interludes were cool. World Party and Sweet Thing were a good couple of songs at the beginning.

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3

Quite enjoyable

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3

I like the album.

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Very good! This was my first time listening to The Waterboys, and I liked them and this record more than I expected. Side A is more rock oriented, side B more traditional/folk, both very good and a nice contrast. HIghlights: Fisherman's Blues, We Will Not Be Lovers, Sweet Thing, And a Bang on the Ear, When Ye Go Away

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3/5 - DMB meets CCR? The album feels muddled to me; the tracks all kind of blend together...

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Eh, again, it's fine. Not my jam, but inoffensive.

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Look, it's fine but you all knowy feelings on the fiddle, banjo and folk music in general by now

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Not bad not bad

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I'm really conflicted by this album. How can you not love an Scotch-Irish folk rock band singing Yeats? Well, what if they bastardize Woody Guthrie? And what if their Hank Williams tribute sucks? I guess you give them a 3 and move on. Best track: The Stolen Child

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Starts really strong with the first couple of tracks, then falls off fast. It's some nice folk in places, but not sure why its on this list

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Quite a string of 3-star albums here. Once again, fun but forgettable.

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“Fisherman’s Blues” by The Waterboys (1988) This is a good eclectic mix of Irish/Scottish/Welsh/Celtic folk, with a solid grounding in rock. It’s as if their rock sensibilities provide the rhythmic backbeat structure for folk flavorings, with lyrics that evoke proletarian themes—love songs for simple people. If you ain’t simple, feel free to go back to Steely Dan or Kanye West. Melodies are static and weak, sometimes painfully delivered, by a Bono-channeling lead vocal. But the arrangements are wonderfully laid out with a pleasant variety of instrumentals (violins, mandolin, accordion, and even some horns) and a few really fine moments for backing vocals. “World Party”, however, seems out of place on this album. The sound gets more ‘folky’ as the record progresses, giving it nice forward (backward?) movement. It gives the serious world-aware listener a clue as to where American country/Western music came from. I wish “Dunford’s Fancy” were a lot longer. But not necessarily more fancy. There’s very expansive cover of Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing”, perhaps better than the original, with an entrancing violin/mandolin duet throughout. And W.B. Yeats’ “Stolen Child” is given a beautiful interpretation, which, in my opinion, would have been a better ending to the album than the sloppy and out-of-tune cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” on the closing track. Well worth a listen. Or two. Or three. 3/5

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Folksy and timeless fishing town tales with impressive fiddle/banjo and rough worn vocals. Fisherman’s blues, strange boat, the stolen child.

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Like a sober the Pogues.

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Didn’t get to finish this album, but I enjoyed what I heard. Definitely a product of the late 80s and it shows, but the 80s had the best pop music of all time so that’s not a bad thing at all. A unique sound that’s easy on the ears.

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Lovely.

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New band for me, opening tune pulled me right in. Very East-Coast folk-rock, right up my alley. Some of the songs are very energetic, fast strings. Then some are more melodic and mellow. Some of it was a bit too folksy, like The Stolen Child. Overall good though. The first two songs really had me excited for this album but it did keep getting slower and slower and never got back to that energy of the first two tunes; would love to hear more from them like that.

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Some nice tunes, found it very middle of the road though

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Liked it.

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An unexpected collection of instruments. Oh they are signing wonderfully, should look into the genre later! Bang on the ear: ear kiss. They have weird like ratios.

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Sort of liked this and sort of didn't. Sometimes his voice got a bit much. Kind of over emotional. But it was good anyway.

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i like the lead singer's voice

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Vilken vemodstripp. Tyckte de första två låtarna var kalas, men folkmusikutsvävningarna mot mitten av plattan blev lite tradiga (lol). Inte hundraprocentigt såld, men uppskattar verkligen att de vågar gå för det, och jag kommer lyssna på början av plattan många gånger till tror jag.

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2.5/5. This album was strange. It is folky, but also a little 80s, which isn't the best combination. I liked some of the instrumentals, partially the violin in some of the songs. However, the vocals are off-putting and there is the occasional '80s sound' that I don't really like.

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I guessed "80's Celtic pop rock" from the cover. It was fine.

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pretty good. haven't heard of them before but quite pleasant!

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interesting sounds, it's good for background

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I have literally never heard of The Waterboys in my life. Ended up enjoying it more than I thought i would based on the name and cover.

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Nice Irish folk/rock. Currently watching The Witcher, so I've got this theme going on in my life right now lol.

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Beautiful and soothing folk music rooted in Gaelic traditions with a contemporary touch. A tad too long of a run time with a lack of highly memorable individual independent pieces makes prevents the album from standing out more.

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Viulu on ihan jees. Tän tyylinen letkee rokkenroll folk-twistillä on tosi kakspiippunen juttu, toisaalta tykkään jostain Blind Melonista ihan sikana, mutta toisaalta voi ajatella että tää on jo nähty juttu. Mutta ehkä tää levy kokonaisuutena on enemmän meh kuin hyvä.

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Pretty good! Not amazing.

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First few tracks were nice and interesting. Kinda became a more quick though. Great instrumentals though.

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I mean...I enjoyed it but probably wouldn't revisit. Variety of genre was nice, and I will say it's a good album to relax to. Kind of a nice way to end a stressful day, though for me it was a bit forgettable. Fave track: title track.

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Interesting folk album

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Some really good tracks

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Having listened to American folk/traditional for a period of time, and going into this album rather blindly, the sounds and rhythm of The Waterboys on Fisherman's Blues was a delightful callback to that, although with remarkable differences that begs the question of why Fisherman's Blues provoked such connection to begin with. Playing the fiddle, in particular, might be that. Fisherman's Blues, as an introduction to The Waterboys will not necessarily say "Here's a Scottish folk band" but as their success here in the US varied vs. their success in the UK, the album is good enough to stoke curiosity. If folk is the flavor of the day, Fisherman's Blues is not a disappointing addition to that rotation and would in this instance be a worthwhile start of a foray into The Waterboys catalog as a whole.

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Inma sucker for that Irish sound

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Op zich wel leuke muziek. Viool-geluid is wel apart. Prima te luisteren maar niet iets wat ik snel bij mijn favorieten zou zetten. ***

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De pronto agradablemente sorprendente, de pronto demasiado largo y experimental. Bueno, al final

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I got the most of this album after like half an hour, did not need to be 2 hours long. Perfectly fine 80s bluegrass type stuff tho

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If the Waterboys were playing a live show in a pub and I was walking by, I'd pay the cover, grab a pint and take in the ambience. A Celtic-rock jam band. Seems a bit obscure to me, but it's a fine thing to have on in the background.

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Something new and a very different style of music for me. I feel the album starts off really strong especially the first 4/5 songs, but towards the end I feel the quality decreases and I started to lose interest. "Fisherman's Blues" and "Sweet Thing" my favourite songs on the album

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Pretty good background music, nothing extraordinary. 3?

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The songs are great but they seem a little to stretched out and repetitive.

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Not a lot to either like or dislike about this. Totally safe. More fun to be had with a cardboard box. Average as they come this stuff.

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A bit disappointing for such a well regarded album. I prefer the first half, I'm not so keen on the Celtic folk of the second half. It is well created even if I don't like it much. Low 3 out of 5

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One of the better Irish albums

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A good laugh and some good tunes.

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Dunford Wave the tides beyond the sea. It’s a more folk album than it seems, you can bring 3 records before that, all summed up, mix everything in this one piece. Unfortunately this is the only Waterboys record on the list, it really makes wonder what’s come before and after the flood. C

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Tuneful but a bit of a cliche

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This album screams Boston. A lot of energy even in the slower songs. Favorite song - Fisherman's Blues

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I've obviously heard of The Waterboys and am familiar with a number of their bits from the eighties, but I hadn't listened to an album all the way through before. A nice mix of folk and rock with some familiar songs but nothing really special.

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A band i've heard of but never actually listened to apart from the hits but this sounds pretty fresh even after 37 years. Well produced with catchy and lively tunes and a fair bit of variation. Echoes of Van Morrison at times but I think they'd be great in concert- everyone dancing around with drinks held aloft.

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Nice Irish album, fun folk sound

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not bad

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Eh, not bad, but peaked with the first song.

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I enjoy Celtic music so this was a nice surprise of music I was not already familiar with

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This was nice. Honestly don't have a lot to say... I enjoyed my listen, some good folk music done well. Didn't love it, didn't hate it, just a straight shooter. Strong U2 vibes coming from We Will Not Be Lovers, enjoyed the inclusion of a few lines of Blackbird in Sweet Thing. Had to dig a bit to find a version with the original track listing, ended up on a youtube playlist. Then I went through the extra tracks afterwards. Fav tracks: Fisherman's Blues, Sweet Thing, When Will We Be Married

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Interesting, eclectic collection of songs mainly based in the style of Celtic folk. Lots of cool instruments used, but I found the arrangements of each song to mostly be underwhelming. I'm glad I listened to discover but not a whole lot more. Fave tracks: World Party, Has Anybody Seen Hank?

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A mixed bag and a bit indulgent but good

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Nothing fancy, but an easy listen. "When Will We Be Married" and the title track were the standouts.

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I quite liked it. But given the albums I just rated a 4 recently, I didn't know if I could go there with this one. Cool Celtic folk rock sound; at times it sounded like a precursor to bands like Dave Matthews (e.g., on We Will Not Be Lovers) or an homage to Van Morrison (no, not Sweet Thing but Strange Boat). I really enjoyed the first 5 songs and its mix of harder fuller sound (e.g., World Party) or a softer feel (e.g., Sweet Thing). After that it was more forgettable except for And a Bang on the Ear and When Will we be Married? I think I really enjoy violin rock. For sure a 3.5, I feel a bit bad for rounding down.

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It feels kind of like an Irish country album. A lot of the songs go on a good minute too long. Kind of dragged, you know? So, probably not going to come back to it because of that.

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This version of the album (on Spotify) was far too long. I couldn't figure out what the original track listing was; the book says 12, Wikipedia says 13 - which would be fine, but still felt longer than it needed to be. This album sounded like it belonged more in the late 70s rather than a decade later. Maybe it's a response for The Waterboys wanting to escape the city and get back to simpler times, a rural retreat - still at times you can hear the urban chaos trying to resurface.

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dips into mid tempo country on 'Killing My Heart' (sounding like Barry Walsh!), lilting Irish folk on 'Carolan's Welcome', jig music on 'When Will We Be Married'. I especially enjoyed the title track 'Fisherman's Blues' (featuring great vocals tin whistle, fiddle, mandolin etc)) and this was the standout. Overall, not bad if inconsistent.

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Like the folks stuff and the opening track was very promising. The clean production takes away a lot however. Ok. Fun.

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This takes me back, I remember listening to this in the late 80's and it helped expand my musical interests beyond pop, rock and punk. Musically interesting, with tracks that were accessible to (younger) listeners outside the folk, Celtic, Irish genre. Today, it still holds up okay, but it's a little more traditional than I remember.

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Brand new listen. Reminded me of the Pouges

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Zero space in my life for sea shanties, cheers anyway

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Decent Celtic-tinged folk. May want to re-visit at some point, but not immediately drawn to it.

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Knockoff Dylan/Springsteen. Boring.

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Kaksijakoinen levy - alkupää oli oikein miellyttävää ja helposti lähestyttävää irkkufolkia, kun taas loppu meni vähän enemmän kikkailuksi. Alkupään kappaleista pidin kovasti, mutta ei tätä kokonaisuutena jaksa moneen kertaan kuunnella. Genre ei ole muutenkaan ihan itselleni läheisin ainakaan tällä tavoin toteutettuna. Levyn alkupäälle 3,5, kokonaisuudelle alaspäin pyöristyvä 2,5.

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hated it

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Felt like it had potential but didn't get there

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I've listened to this album and really liked it before, but I couldn't get into it this time.

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I found this... quaint? Idk, I didn't really enjoy it much.

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Not really for me, but the music was good.

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Started ok, but got boring and that odd 70's & 80's easy listening near the end

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Fine. Unremarkable.

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Jam band - not really my thing

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Started off so promising and then fell off a cliff

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Just generic Scottish pop rock. 5/10.

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Este no va a ser mi disco de cabecera. Tiene un par de temas que me han gustado, pero en conjunto :(

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4

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Got sick of it but it did have some things which were palatable

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Didn't find this very exciting, really not a folk person tbh. It was kinda rocky at some points and I quite liked "The Stolen Child" at the end. Don't really get the significance of it either. 5/10

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Irlantilaishenkistä kansanmusiikkia. Olisin halunnut tykätä enemmän, mutta olihan tämä aika pitkäpiimäinen setti. Levy tuntui todella pitkältä, vaikka ei tuo mitään ihan kuraakaan ollut. Ei vaan oikein ollut tarttuvia ralleja tai oikeastaan mitään muutakaan mikä olisi erityisesti jäänyt mieleen.

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At first me be like “na” then me be like “ah ok this isn’t so bad” then me be like “too much”. Didn’t even have The Whole of the Moon on there. Wtf?

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Stem deed me in de verte aan Finn Andrews van The Veils. Buiten dat vond ik het maar een matige plaat en de viool een stoorzender

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🤠

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Meh. Doesn't stick with me at all, I remember literally none of the songs

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I enjoy folk and folk-influenced music -- "folk" in the sense of the term meaning music particular to or reflective of a culture or geographic region -- and this album has some good tracks on it. I've listened to a fair amount of Irish and Scottish folk music, so it's hard for this album to stand out very much for me (not the album's fault; just happens to be a style of music I've heard a lot).

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cant even finnish i hat eit Final Thoughts: 2/5

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Meh album but fishermans blues a very good song. Might have to relisten

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Stats strong....

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No estuvo mal pero tampoco lo encontré destacable. 2/5

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Couldn’t get through it

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Flotter Folk Rock. Kinda gud

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First song is a classic. Rest of the album just ok.

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Esta bueno el disco pero no me mato Igualmente a la banda no la conocía. 2 efes

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Their "big" song was okay.

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Até se identifica como um pop de qualidade. Só não me agradou.

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Upon first blush, I see a bunch of boys just trying to fish. That’s probably why they are blue. But when you have ten people in your band (one more than slipknot) and your music sounds like this, I’d say there’s some rotten fish in the barrel. If I’m trying to fish, I would never listen to this band. I wish id have casted and caught a different group cause I’m tossing these tossers back out to sea. Makes me sad that ten men can just decide to start a band and get by sounding like this. I had a biggun on the line but turns out all I caught was a boot.

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Didn’t like…. A little Bob Dylanish

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Some ok music in there, but as is often the case they’re all too similar; as the album went on and on, I was getting sick of it.

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A lot like listening to a soundtrack.

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Bits of it were OK, but folk music and rock drumming don't really mix. The singer also trying a bit to hard to sound like Bob Dylan. Some nice quiet nice songs, but not enough to save it.

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Sembra un live senza esserlo. We will not be lovers pieno di virtuosismi inutili Sonorità Irlandesi, qualcosa di Fiorella Mannoia, molto che non mi convince. Si avverte in ogni canzone la sensazione che stia per accadere qualcosa, ma l'aspettativa non viene mai soddisfatta. Non male When we will be married, forse perché il folk me lo aspetto esasperato

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Still listening

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The Waterboys' fourth album and best selling album. This album was a change in music for the band, from classic rock sound to traditional folk rock (more specifically Scottish folk rock based on the band's country of origin). This change divided critics over the album, but the music still holds up as a good listen. Not personally my type of music, but I enjoyed it while working.

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För gubbigt för min smak.

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Irsk folkrock, masser af stryger, lidt for landligt

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* bits sound like Razorlight. It was fine, I didn't hate it.

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It's fine. Not bad, just didn't excite me. 2/5

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Aika jees tunnelmointia. Toivoisin että olis menny vielä enemmän kansanmusasuuntaan, nyt jää liian rock-tyylin johdosta vähän kädenlämpöiseksi. On tässä hyviäkin biisejä toki. Välihuomiona monissa näissä levyissä harmittaa, että Spotifyssa on lähinnä näitä remastered-deluxe-kokoelmia. Tässäkin levyllä 2 on vähemmän kiinnostavia biisejä ja uudelleenlämmittelyjä.

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Ihan jees, mut ei mikään biisi erityisemmin iskenyt.

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Olis kaivannut ennemmän folkkia folk-rockin sijaan. Ei tää nyt ihan turha ollut, mutta vähän etäinen ehkä!

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Promising start. Goes downhill from there

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Aight 2

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Meh

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Not awful but really not for me

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“The album marked a change in the band's sound, with them abandoning their earlier grandiose rock sound for a mixture of traditional Irish music, traditional Scottish music, country music, and rock and roll.”

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It was fine

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Happy St Patty’s Day

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This guy is definitely Irish

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Not anything that I'd likely play again, honestly. I did like some of the songs styled in a traditional Celtic way with their instrumentation, but beyond that, not a fit for me. The songs I did like were Fisherman's Blues, We Will Not Be Lovers, World Party, Sweet Thing, and When Ye Go Away.

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British isle folk rock... At times it felt like a UK version of Stringsteen, just not nearly as good. Then there were the flutes.

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den första låten är kanon. kanske den andra också. sen är det inte så bra längre så långt jag orkat lyssna iaf.

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Wiffly piffly rinkerty tink

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Pah

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Jesus that's a of of fiddle.

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I don’t care for them

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Not for me.

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I tried but at one point I just had to turn it off I got busy n it just sounded like noise

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:/

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jajaja. ¿es una broma esto?

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Not my cup of tea I'm afraid. So much going on at once through most of the songs and it's hard to enjoy for me.

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I bailed out after the first song.

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Demasiado pantano de New Orleans. No me gustó. Dos discos de ésto ademas? No se como hice para terminarlo.

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Kolejny wyspiarski pick, waterboys brzmi jak nazwa diskowej bandy rodem z hameryki, dodatkowo zastanawiajcy tytul plyty, fishermans blues, pierwsze skojarzenie nawiazuje do nazwy bandy i okresla jaki material bedzie na tapecie, nic bardziej mylnego, jedynie eponimowy song ma w sobie cos z bluesa, natomiast reszta plyty to folk, nie jest to zadna tragedia, ale tez niczym nie potrafi zaskoczyc, 4 kawalki to covery znanych juz trakow, jak this land is your land woodiego guthriego, ktory zamyka cala plyte, oczywiscie song zawiera twisty irlandzkie, bo to jest motyw przewodni albumu pod wzgledem muzycznym, mozna uslyszec instrumenty bardzo typowe dla szkocko irlandzkich klimatow, wiec smyczki, dudy o dziwacznych nazwac i dziwne trabki, niby wszystko fajnie na bogato, ale jednak czuc bardziej jarmarczna atmosfere gdy sa one laczone z synthami na tym samym traku, jak w przypadku world party, tak samo ma sie z wokalem, ktory jest piescia do nosa tej plyty, chcialbym uslyszec tylko pierwszy trak i takie zostawic sobie wspomnienie o tym krazku, ale pozostale 13 trakow, z wyjatkami jak the stolen child, ktory jest raczej poezja na instruentalnym podkladzie, a nie songiem, czy chocby wolniejszymi balladami typu has anybody here seen hank, za duzo tutaj niespojnosci i sztucznosci w granej muzyce, to moje pierwsze sluchanie tej bandy, ale ich poprzednie materialy nie brzmia w ogole jak nic z tej plyty, wiec to byl ogromny skok na komercyjne sprzedanie sie, bo to ich najlepiej sprzedana plyta, tak randomowa, ze musiala przypasc komus do gustu, akurat nie w moim wypadku, na plejke leci jedynie tytulowy kawalek, ktory naprawde robi robote jako hajp na plyte, niestety hajp nie dozyl do konca 54 minutowego odsluchu

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Shiiit et langt album. Og så ret meget halbals/øltelt stenning.

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Boring crap

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Ray Donovan did this

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ewwww folk rock no thank you

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Naaa

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