Luka Bloom – Riverside (1990)
Reprise | 1990 | Folk | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 264Mb+15Mb
So Luka Bloom is famed Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore's younger brother, and yes, they both play a raucous acoustic guitar and sing of tormented souls and lost love; that doesn't mean that Bloom is overshadowed by his older sibling.
By any standards, RIVERSIDE is a mature and stunning debut. lthough on some tracks Bloom (his adopted first name was inspired by the Suzanne Vega song) uses some fine Irish and American accompanists (Eileen Ivers on fiddle, Jane Scarpantoni on cello), RIVERSIDE mostly features his guitar and deeply expressive voice. Sometimes a husky whisper ("Gone to Pablo"), sometimes a plaintive wail ("Delirious") Bloom's voice is as much an instrument as the percussive timekeeping on the side of his acoustic guitar. "You Couldn't Have Come at a Better Time" expresses exuberant delight at the return of an errant lover, and if "An Irishman in Chinatown" verges on stage Irish, it's still a rave-up worthy of the Chieftains, or perhaps even Christy Moore himself. An emotional gem of a debut.