Release Date: July 14, 2009
Run Time: 53:38
2. The Shores of Botany Bay
3. The McGrath Set
4. Patriot Game
5. The Tinker’s Fiddle
6. Sam Hall
7. The Sailor’s Return
8. The Town of Bally Bay
9. The Titanic
10. A Rainy Night In Soho
11. Whiskey From the Still
12. Rocky Road To Dublin
13. I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day
Ship’s Are Sailing is the second album from The Langers Ball fallowing 2008′s “As I Roved Out.” This time we are treated with a great diversity of instruments, such as the snare drum in The McGrath set. And it does not stop there, you get everything and the Kitchen sink in this one, and I’m sure Hannah could make it rock. Whenever I form an opinion on music, I need to listen to it multiple times from start to finish to really appreciate it. Rarely can I just pop in something and just be taken in by it. So I took a listen to Ship’s Are Sailing once, nearly an hour of music.
Holy hot damn, this is good. There is nothing redundant about this album (a big pet peeve of mine band’s tend to do.) The musicianship is some of the best I’ve ever heard, and really is the highlight of the album for me. This one is going on my ipod and phone which for me means something is getting deleted, yeah its really that good. Let’s just take a look at some of the tracks here:
Patriot Game. This is by far the best version I’ve heard, no question. You’ll get chills from the soft ghostly sound of the steel lap guitar. Michael Strum’s voice is on this track is outstanding. Not only can he pull off the rugged sound on other tracks, but he has a sublime singing voice.
The Sailors Return. I’m a big fan of this one because one of my favorite things about this album stands out, the instrumentals, and I’m a big fan of the bodhran!The Titanic A great storytelling song. The clarinet in this one really set’s the mood well.
A Rainy Night In Soho. I tend to get a bit apprehensive when trying to review a Pogues cover, I tend to set my standers on that through the roof, but when upon hearing this I was not disappointed.
Whiskey from The Still. Right here we are getting a bit into a country music feel almost. I’m not talking the water down pop you hear now, I mean it has a real nice country feel to it. It’s a really fun song and well done.We also have a Rock Road To Dublin cover, and I’m A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day with backing vocals from Karie Oberg.both of which are good covers.
In conclusion this is one of the best Cd’s I’ve heard in 2009. It’s worth every penny and I highly recommend it. Christmas 2009 is right around the corner, these will make great stocking stuffer’s. So for once why not get a gift someone will not want to take back!