ARTIST:

ADAM’S CURSE

(IRELAND)
TITLE:

WHAT THE ANCIENTS KNEW ABOUT US

(2020)
LABEL:

BAD REPUTATION

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Celtic, Folk, Intimist, Old School
"Despite its authenticity, "What The Ancients Knew About Us" disappoints by its lack of relief and the weakness of its vocals, and does not allow Adam's Curse to fill the void left by Glyder's separation."
LOLOCELTIC (19.01.2021)  
2/5
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Bat Kinane is a hard man to follow. The Irish guitarist, whose main feat is to have been the fireworksman of Glyder, a band considered in his time as the heiress of Thin Lizzy, started in a thrash band (Cursed Earth), played in Pat McManus' band and is also involved in Celtic folk-rock. Frustrated, like most artists, by the current health situation, here he is proposing an opus with his new formation named Adam's Curse inspired by the eponymous poem by W.B. Yeats. 

The festivities starts with a 'A Vibe For Philo' composed for the festival of the same name held every year in Dublin to pay tribute to the late Phil Lynott, and continued with a rereading of 'Stargazer', a track from Glyder's eponymous debut album. If these tracks can make illusion, the continuation turns out to be a collection of rather folk-rock songs sung by Bat Kinane whose voice is far from being the strong point. Of course, the fragile side of the vocals brings a beautiful melancholy which benefits the bluesy ballad 'Tattoos And Loneliness' or the eponymous title which is a slow and naive waltz through the Irish mountains. But apart from these titles and the scathing 'Unmask Your Face', which deals with the haters hidden behind their keyboards and their screens, the rest tends to suffer from this recurring weakness that a few pretty solos can't make us forget.

Too bad because there was potential, all the more so as the lyrics are intelligent and deal with subjects such as global warming ('Borrowed Time') or the destruction of the planet ('Poison Spring'). Unfortunately, the first one lacks relief and ends up going around in circles while the second one is clumsy with a guitar that is too aggressive. Finally, 'Funeral Of My Soul', which deals with Glyder's separation and Kinane's artistic frustration, walks between the Beatles and Tears For Fears but never manages to take off.

While it's hard to shoot at an endearing artist and an opus whose authenticity is easy to feel, the fact remains that disappointment wins out over listening to "What The Ancients Knew About Us". Bat Kinane's writing and guitarist talent can't be questioned, but this album would have deserved a little more depth and finishing touches, and above all from a real singer. This is not going to appease the fans frustrated by Glyder's separation.


More informations on https://www.facebook.com/adamscurseofficial





TRACK LISTING:
01. A Vibe For Philo - 3:50
02. Stargazer - 3:54
03. Tattoos & Loneliness - 4:51
04. Borrowed Time
05. Poison Spring - 2:47
06. My Canoe - 3:23
07. Funeral Of My Soul - 3:36
08. Satellite - 2:59
09. What Lives Matter ? - 3:43
10. Unmask Your Face - 3:21
11. What The Ancients Knew About Us - 3:37
12. Starlight - 3:48

LINEUP:
Bat Kinane: Chant / Guitares
Brendan Gilligan: Batterie
John Treacy: Basse
   
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CORTO1809
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Un album anecdotique manquant cruellement de relief. A peine entendu, aussitôt oublié !
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