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Fisherman's Blues

The Waterboys

1988

Fisherman's Blues

Album Summary

Fisherman's Blues is a 1988 album by The Waterboys. 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. Critics were divided on its release with some disappointed at the change of direction and others ranking it among The Waterboys' best work. The album was the Waterboys' best selling album, reaching a number 13 placing on the U.K. charts on release, and 76 on the Billboard 200.

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Rating

3.17

Votes

5309

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
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Mon Jan 18 2021
2

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Fri Mar 26 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

boss

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Dylan meets Dave Matthews

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

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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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

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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Sat Apr 02 2022
2

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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Sat Apr 23 2022
2

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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Mon May 23 2022
2

Jesus that's a of of fiddle.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

Think of the Pogues, but not cool.

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Fri Nov 06 2020
5

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

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Sat Jan 09 2021
5

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Wonderful

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Emotive, impactful and uplifting

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Really enjoyed this!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Banging

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Sjefe greier

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

An absolutely fantastic album. Love the strings

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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Wed Jul 07 2021
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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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Loved it, surprising good

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

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

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

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

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Wed Jul 07 2021
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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Sun Jul 18 2021
5

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

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Thu May 20 2021
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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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

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

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Sat Jul 24 2021
5

So good 4.5

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Sat Oct 02 2021
5

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

really fun!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
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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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Folk rock. Me ha gustado. Vinilo.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

beautiful. 10/10 mystisch, feenhaft, gibt ein feeling für den kommenden sommer. hat mich sehr bewegt.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Listened to te Collectors Edition a few times today, but will give a vote for the original album from 1988, which I had listened to a lot in the past: one of the best albums of The Waterboys and a clear 5* album. The Waterboys should appear a few more times in the list - again an example of a band whose music was more than the sum of its parts (also illustrated by the extra songs on the Collectors Edition, which are great too).

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

Like it. Very listenable.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

The blend of 80s music with traditional Celtic sounds and instruments is well done. Really fun listen.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Excellent

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Fisherman’s blues, We will not be lovers, Strange boat, World party, And a bang on the ear, When will we be married, The stolen child

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

круто, что слышно этнические мотивы - что-то от ирландских баллад (группа ирландская, собственно) любимое: stolen child

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

I didn't have time to listen much, but from what I heard, this is why this website exists! Awesome music that I would never have heard otherwise!

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

ah, how much do i love this album... let me count the ways. I remember saving up my pocket money and buying the tape in Golden Discs on Grafton Street after seeing them on TOTP.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Mencanta.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

I can't provide an unbiased review of this album because it was formative to my musical development. I was obsessed with it from at least the early 90s and listened to it regularly for 10+ years. Hearing it again for the first time in 20 years, it holds up well! I had forgotten how long the album is, there is definitely some filler in there, but also some great tracks mixed in right up to the end. I love the diversion into Yeats towards the end. I still have a soft spot for folksy rock. A beautiful, rich, complex album that formed my tastes. 5/5

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Wed Sep 02 2020
4

Listened to this all the time in college.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
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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Fri Sep 25 2020
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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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Really good folksy celtic vibes with great production values.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Feels right at home!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

This is actually pretty cool!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Folky and easy to listen to

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Thu Apr 01 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Klinkt zoals de naam

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Irish springsteen/dylan

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 10 2021
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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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Enjoyable

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Fond memories

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Mooie stem, mooie violen, weer eens iets anders.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Interesting. I had never heard of them or their story

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Irish folk

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Wed May 26 2021
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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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Tue May 04 2021
4

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

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Thu May 20 2021
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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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Was unfamiliar with this band. Solid jams.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

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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Mon Aug 23 2021
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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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Ирландский фолк. Норм, но скучно.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

A little too country for me

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

7/10

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 22 2021
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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Tue Nov 23 2021
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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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Irish folk or idk? Reminds me a bit of bluegrass

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Enjoyed it

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Tue Jan 04 2022
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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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
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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Sun Jan 09 2022
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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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

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

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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Tue Jan 18 2022
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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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Top album, echt van genoten

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Tue Feb 08 2022
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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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

Better than average, love the folk infuence

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Good vibes, energy and authenticity

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Fri Feb 18 2022
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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Tue Mar 01 2022
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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Tue Mar 08 2022
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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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Good vibes

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

I really enjoyed this

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

7/10 Best song - Fisherman’s Blues

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

þetta er insane plata

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

3.75

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

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

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 26 2022
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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Tue May 03 2022
4

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

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Wed May 11 2022
4

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

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Fri May 13 2022
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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Fri May 27 2022
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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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Not to bad. Great Irish band.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

Never heard of this band before, but I love me some Celtic inspired rock.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

🟩 77 🥇 We Will not Be Lovers 🥈 The Stolen Child 🥉 And a bang on the ear

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Pretty good, liked We Will not be lovers

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Really enjoying their cover of "Sweet Thing"

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

8/10 there was some fun stuff in there not good enough to give it five stars but I still enjoyed it too european, idk I don’t hate that irish/celtic stuff, it just sounds like a gimmick to me like some kinda bit that gets annoying after a little bit and fuck bro, I’m part irish, it’s still kind of annoying still mostly enjoyable

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Unbelievably strong start. As in I genuinely don’t believe how great the first half is! With more than 100 songs recorded during this session and a runtime of more than 50 minutes, I don’t understand the inclusion of the Jimmy Hickey’s Waltz. A filler on an album that most certainly don’t need fillers. Steve Wickham’s violin proves to be the secret weapon on a record that is already loaded with great musicians. Blown away! Best: We Will Not Be Lovers / World Party / Sweet Thing / The Stolen Child Worst: Jimmy Hickey’s Waltz

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Fisherman's Blues shall be in consideration for one of the all time greatest albums of the 1980s. Apparently it is also one of the best artistic reinventions for a band, given that The Waterboys were a full on rocking band. That fully rocking band still exists, it is now welding Irish jigs and poets as opposed to what came before. One will soon find themselves swayed by the passion and creativity that possessed the band on its quest to create this masterpiece. Favorites: Fisherman's Blues, We Will Not Be Lovers, Strange Boat, Sweet Thing, And a Bang on the Ear, When Will We Get Married, The Stolen Child, Killing My Heart, You in the Sky, Rattle My Bones and Shiver My Soul, Let Me Feel Holy Again, Meet Me at the Station, Soon as I Get Home.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

I remember this album from when it was released back at the fag end of the 80s. I love Fisherman’s Blues, the song, in particular and had always rather dismissed the rest but on a play through all these years later (2022) it really stands up. I’m not a huge fan of the cover of Sweet Thing, but that’s in part because the original is one of my all time favourite songs. Surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Amazing set of tracks and wonderful combination of folks, blues, and "big music" rock. I might actually have to check their other stuff more.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

4.5 stars! Jam band, good sound, lots of interesting sounds.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Great album.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Interesting listen. It combined Irish folk and modern rock. The album was released in the 80s but sounded very 90s.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Favourite Song - We Will Not be Lovers/The Stolen Child One for Karaoke- Fisherman’s Blues One for a run - We Will Not be Lovers

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I'd like to hear Bobby Boucher do some vocals but he won't because MUSIC IS THE DEVIL BOBBEH. Contains an unexpected cameo from Willem Dafoe as Thomas Wake from The Lighthouse on the track The Stolen Child. Favourite song - When ye go away Sing in the shower - Fisherman's blues One for a swim - And a bang on the ear

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

This album don't look interesting at first view, but listening to this will let you enjoy what the folk and rock were at first, however two or three song were kinda boring and that's ok, because it starts and finishes with great songs.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

easy to listen to, good background music. Probably 3 or 4 stars

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

A very enjoyable folk rock album! In particular, it nails a particular aspect bands in this genre frequently get wrong - not sounding to samey. The consistent quality in their musical variety also hints toward a somewhat rare skill that is confirmed by the Wiki article: they wrote a whole lot of material and then managed to separate the highest quality ones from the chaff so that every track adds to the album. This is confirmed by listening into the bonus disc - definitely not on par with the album material.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Not every song on this album really takes me. But the way Mike Scott is into the music takes me always.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Ooh I really like this! There are a number of Dylanesque songs (“Fisherman’s Blues,” “Strange Boat”) and a few that remind me of U2. They incorporate elements of Celtic folk into their music but it feels fully integrated into the rock sound, at least on the early tracks. Like “We Will Not Be Lovers,” which has this surging drama led by the strings. It’s got that folky influence but with a stadium rock energy! (Later songs dive fully into Celtic folk and I enjoyed those too.) I dig the Van Morrison cover “Sweet Thing,” which also throws in Beatles lyrics from “Blackbird”! Highlights: “Fisherman’s Blues,” “We Will Not Be Lovers,” “World Party,” “When Will We Be Married”

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

first listen of this band. felt i discovered a little jewel.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

We had this album and saw the live show down at the Masonic Temple. I suppose a lot of their fans would not have been ready for this more Irish traditional/folk/country sound and the ubiquitous violin, after their first two albums, but we like it. It gets off to a great start with the title track and especially "We Will Not Be Lovers". The interpretation of a Yeats poem is great as is "When Will We Be Married?" "World Party" sounds like it doesn't belong on this LP and it was in fact written before Scott decided to go for a more traditional sound. A few of the songs run on longer than they need to.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Der Empfang das Album was wunderbar. Aber danach, die Wasser Jungen haben sich geschlafen, traurig fur ein potenzial fünf Sterne.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Jolly irish sounds with some alternative rock elements. I especially like the songs that have a gradual build-up like ”We Will Not Be Lovers” and ”The Stolen Child”

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

- wow 2 discs - i'm really enjoying this, it has like an otherworldly kind of quality to it. dreamlike? overall impressions, i didn't listen to this that closely but i really enjoyed the vibes and the overall sound of it. would listen to again for sure.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

A very enjoyable listen from start to finish. Some very unique sounds going on throughout the record!

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

The first couple songs were amazing

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

This album felt great, like a cold Guinness near a warm fire. Very unique sound, sometimes so many instruments that it sounded like two songs were playing at once. Overall very enjoyable, this is the definition of Albums to Hear Before You Die.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
4

très sympa !!

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Wed Oct 21 2020
3

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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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

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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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Meh

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

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

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Mon Sep 28 2020
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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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

decent old stuff, sounds good

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Fav Song: When Will We Be Married - 1987 Version

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Bit Like Dave Matthews with annoying fiddles

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

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

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

Ontzettend iers, viool geeft goeie vibes

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Thu Jun 10 2021
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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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

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

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Sun Jul 18 2021
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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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Pretty good, but didn't hook me

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Interesting.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Not awful but like ehhhhhhhhhh 2.9

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

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

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Mon May 03 2021
3

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Not my favorite, but still better than the Allman Brothers

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Folk. Agradable.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
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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Fri Feb 12 2021
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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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Sun Jun 06 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

`Good, interesting to listen it.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

First few tracks were superb. Fizzles out in the middle

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

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

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Mon May 17 2021
3

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

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

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

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 12 2021
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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Thu Mar 18 2021
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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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Niet helemaal kunnen luisteren, klonk best ok!

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Fine

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Liked it.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Very nice mixture of irish, country and rock ballads.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

3.5/5 it might have potential

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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

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