Daire O’Reilly: The Promised Land Sampler Review
The Promised Land by Daire O’Reilly is the debut album due for release in Autumn 2010. The Cavan born artist is currently based in NYC so I was happy to land a pre-release sampler.
The sampler starts with ‘Sleeping in’ a mid tempo rock track with a laid back vibe reminiscent of the Stereophonics ‘Have a nice day’. Oh Darlin is an Americana/Country tinged track and proves that O’Reilly has a knack for writing singalong melodies. There’s a nice use of mandolin during a breakdown before the track builds up nicely before the climax .
‘To Believe’ shows this writer why O’Reilly is currently residing in the U.S., it’s a AOR radio friendly track, well produced with a slight flavour of Dawson’s Creek in there.
‘Star Gazing’, the final track of the sampler, is an acoustic based Cowboy-esque track, the lone ranger meeting his love match. The chorus of voices singing Star Gazing’ bring an extra depth to the track. It’s quite a sit around the campfire singing song. My favourite on the sampler.
All in all, its a good start, we’ll have to wait for the rest of the album
5 out of 6
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