Mark Black is an exceptional performer and artist from Donegal. Mark Black's most recent album 'Sweet Rescue Blues' was released earlier this year and proves that we Irish can perform the blues!
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'Sweet Rescue Blues' has many fine moments. The song 'Crazy in the Light' is a fine dixie inspired blues track. The closer 'Stay (Here With Me)is Dylanesque in it's nature. 'Rough Park' and 'Lough Swilly' are two beautifully composed acoustic instrumentals. The title track is also a fine track with nice melodies.
On a whole it doesn't work too well for me. Mark's voice is suited for the blues but can be laboured. The gritty blues tracks have an altogether unreasonable familiarity about them. There's also a lack of warmth or atmosphere in the album which is badly needed.
Mark Black - Sweet Rescue Blues - [8 out of 12]
7 Nov 2009 22:30 Chasin Bull Bundoran, Donegal
13 Nov 2009 20:00 Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey, Donegal
19 Dec 2009 22:30 Bridge Bar Ramelton, Donegal
27 Dec 2009 20:00 An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny