|Luka Bloom - Riverside|
|Release: 1990 Label: Reprise Records|
|AMG Rating:||Collection: T!P|
|2||Dreams In America||8||The One|
|3||Over The Moon||9||Hudson Lady|
|4||Gone To Pablo||10||This Is For Life|
|5||The Man Is Alive||11||You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time|
|6||An Irishman In Chinatown||12||The Hill Of Allen|
William Ruhlmann (All Music Guide)
Expatriate Irishman Luka Bloom cloaks his Celtic folk songs in furious strumming on his "electro-acoustic" guitar, added instrumentation, and echo effects on everything, but he is still a folkie, blowing up his feelings to heroic proportions, whether it's the autobiography of "The Man Is Alive" or the romantic fantasy of "An Irishman In Chinatown." But the content is less convincing than the expression, which is more a characteristic of rock than folk. It isn't that Bloom has much to say, it's that he's so passionate about saying it: he's more Bono than Bob Dylan. Maybe it's an Irish thing.
Personnel: Luka Bloom (vocals, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars); Jeffrey Wood (guitar, keyboards); Ed Tomney (guitar); Eileen Ivers (fiddle); David Mansfield (mandolin); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Conor Byrne (flute); David Hofstra, Ronnie S. Champagne (bass); Bob Riley (drums, percussion); Liam O'Maonlai (bodhran); Ali Fatemi (tombak).
(CMJ New Music Report, 191, March 16, 1990)
Transplanted from his native Ireland to America some two years ago, Luka Bloom has also recorded in the past under his real name, Barry Moore; if that surname rings familiar in the Irish singer/songwriter category, it's because Luka's actually the brother of feisty Irish folk singer Christy Moore. Bloom's folkish, sharply honed melodies drive their points home unadorned by unnecessary instrumental accompaniment; he's sparsely backed by his guitar, subtle basslines, an occasional mandolin or fiddle, and often punctuates his lyrics with bolder, more electric-sounding guitar flourishes. There's a thread of good ole Irish longing, lamentation and whiskey-drenched sorrow here, and a dark and disturbing undercurrent of melancholy that runs through atmospheric and moody songs like "The One," "Delirious," "Dreams In America," "Gone To Pablo" or even the hushed chill of "The Hill Of Allen," which closes out the album with its mysterious and introspective instrumental coda.
Paul Evans (RollingStone, 573)
I was brought up near the riverside/In a quiet Irish town/An eighteen-month-old baby/The night they laid my Daddy down.... My home was filled with sorrow then, too much for me to tell," sings Luka Bloom on "The Man Is Alive," a sharp lament gracing his soaring major-label debut album, Riverside. Swirling toward a wisdom that sees all dead fathers as living in their children, the song echoes James Joyce's elegiac short story The Dead in its passionate acceptance – and in its tight-lipped euphoria nearly too strong for
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