The Indulgers

In Like Flynn

The Indulgers - In Like Flynn ©1999 Celtic Club Records
1. In Like Flynn
2. Company Man
3. Brave New World
4. Granuaile
5. Diddly Day
6. Always
7. Banshee Cries
8. Beating Heart
9. So Fine
10. A Mother's Son
11. Caroline
12. Flynn's Jig/Saving Grace

All my record collection isn't exactly brimming with too many traditional or ethnic type of bands, so my familiarity with Irish music isn't exactly the broadest thing in the world. Regardless, it doesn't take in-depth knowledge to know when you're hearing something highly enjoyable and fun. The Indulgers are a Colorado based band who offer a dozen pieces of Irish folk music that add a flavor of rock as well as keen sense of melody and infectious energy. Chances are this is the sort of music that encourages one to dance little jigs after tipping back large steins of beer in the live setting. Moreover, the songs are well-written pieces of work that stick in your brain much better than the phone number of the lass you were hitting on while jigging. There are moments where the rhythm guitar reminds me of Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler's sound and style (trust me, this is a bonus point for the Indulgers). Meanwhile, the fiddle playing of Renee Fine is rousing and adds nothing but great flavor to the songs. Overall the CD is chock full of wonderful songs and is a wonderful change of pace from the usual fare on my stereo these days.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1999

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