Title - 'Third Eye'
Artist - Bill Grogan's Goat
For those not in the know, Bill Grogan’s Goat combines solid Detroit rock with traditional Celtic melodies to produce a truly unique sound, tightly combining traditional songs with reels, jigs, and hornpipes at a pace that will challenge the Lord of the Dance himself!
Indeed, highland pipes, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, and penny whistle, accompanied by rock and roll bass, guitar, and drums, breathe new life into time-honored songs of love, war and whiskey.
Originally released back on October 31st, 2017 (but being given a fresh spin today here at AnneCarlini.com), Third Eye (which was also voted Third Best Album of 2017 by Shite and Onions Website and podcast!) is a collection of 14 tracks that instantly transport you to a different, yet incredibly welcoming time and place.
1. '3rd I'
2. 'The Hewry Highwayman'
3. 'Andro Des Morts'
4. 'The Burning of Cork'
5. 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy'
6. 'Knockdhu Reel Set: The Knockdhu Reel / The Pigeon on the Gate / The Banshee'
7. 'Ye Jacobites by Name'
8. 'Paddy's Dead'
9. 'Mary Mac'
10. 'Wild Mountain Thyme'
11. 'The Devils Trumpet: The Gravel Walk / The Glass of Beer'
12. 'The Blacksmith'
13. 'Haul Away Joe'
14. 'Third Eye'
The album opens with sixty seconds plus of sonic ambience on '3rd I' before cranking the jams up for the dynamic storytelling of 'The Hewry Highwayman' and then the Celtic brilliance of 'Andro Des Morts.'
Being an old school rocker, 'The Burning of Cork' is one of my own personal favorites here and that's backed seamlessly by both the upbeat, fun and poetically frenetic 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy' and the thunderous Celtic rock epic 'Knockdhu Reel Set: The Knockdhu Reel / The Pigeon on the Gate / The Banshee.'
The gentle balladry of 'Ye Jacobites by Name' is a rather lovely midway respite, but that's over all too soon when their '70s punk rock attitude comes barreling to the fore on the explosive 'Paddy's Dead.'
The finger-snappin' hipsway of 'Mary Mac' calms everything down once again and that's followed by a wondrous flowing wave of Celtic sounds on 'Wild Mountain Thyme,' and then a mix of early '80s synth grooves, boisterous rock guitars, fluid bagpipes all set to a solid drum beat on 'The Devils Trumpet: The Gravel Walk / The Glass of Beer.'
This quite remarkable album then comes to a close with the beautiful acoustic guitar work of 'The Blacksmith,' the boisterous lo-fi punk of 'Haul Away Joe,' and then rounds out with the title track 'Third Eye' - the perfect sixty seconds plus ambient book end.
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