Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Paddy Hanna “Leafy Stiletto” (Already Dead Tapes)

                In hindsight, I should have written this review and posted it for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but I didn’t know then what I know now.   It might have been a little bit cheesy as well, but Paddy Hanna is a mostly acoustic rocking type of artist that channels the inner Irish in us all.

                This has a number of traditional artists (at least traditional for me) come out in it, and the fact that all of these names can come out without feeling like overkill is a testament to how astonishing this cassette is.   I’m talking about names like Rolling Stones, R.E. M., Tom Petty, Monkees, The Smiths, Lou Reed and even, um, Stroke 9 on some level.

                A lot of this sort of acoustic fury also reminds me of the Live album “Mental Jewelry” and I am 100% happy with hearing someone bring out those sounds again. 

                There are some pretty easy qualities within these songs that could have Paddy Hanna as a household name.   I could Paddy Hanna playing shows the level of which you’d have to look at the Jumbotron to have any idea what was going on.   The majority of those ideas also come from the lead singer’s amazing voice.  (I’m not sure if Paddy Hanna is a band or one guy still; I’ve read various reports)

                Or, you know, Paddy Hanna could just as easily be playing some dimly lit bar somewhere singing “Drinking on a Wednesday afternoon to kill some time” and seem completely in their element.   I really do love it when a band has both those qualities at the same time. 

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