The Electrics - The Norway Sessions

Published Sunday 17th May 2015
The Electrics - The Norway Sessions
The Electrics - The Norway Sessions

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153990-22601
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Digital Only Album

Reviewed by Rob Birtley

As many Cross Rhythms readers will know, The Electrics were a popular Celtic rock band fronted by the human dynamo Sammy Horner. Influenced by The Waterboys and The Pogues they were renowned for their high energy live performances and gutsy recordings. In fact, The Electrics have never officially disbanded even though Sammy now lives in the USA and the rest of the band in Scotland and as Sammy explained, "we're a bit like bands like the 77s. . . and we still play if we are invited. We have been asked about doing an acoustic European tour if we could find a way for it to suit everyone's dairy!" The origins of 'The Norway Sessions' are typically eccentric. Around 2003 a Norwegian Festival wanted The Electrics but didn't have enough cash to pay them so instead offered the band studio time. Now at last those recordings have been released. The album opens with their take on the folk standard 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy' which was also covered by the Waterboys. The song is rocked in a way that combines the Pogues and Steeleye Span. The duel between fiddle and guitar solos midway is a pure joy. A cracking start! Next up is "I Never Pay Any Attention" which is a tongue-in-cheek cautionary tale. Propelled by the steady backbeat of a bodhran if I'm not mistaken and ending with a traditional jig. Then follows "Ash Tray On A Harley". This one blends bluegrass fiddle with Cajun country to fine effect to comically relate a tale of a failed relationship. "Deep In My Heart" slows things down to ballad pace and set as a fiddle dominated acoustic number. The album ends in DVD extras fashion with a "Blooper" sound clip set of outtakes. If you are into a certain mix of Celtic folk/rock that's been garnished with country and doesn't take itself too seriously then this dig into the archives is for you.

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