You have to credit Darren Crossey with ambition. The man who seems like he wants to be the new Christy Moore makes a good stretch, ranging from a cover of Garth Brooks' "Ireland" to classic Kris Kristofferson on "Me and Bobby Magee," even finding time for a couple of instrumental sets in with the songs on his debut. Backed by the cream of the Minneapolis Irish mafia, everything is quite solid (and the version of the traditional "Noreen Bawn" is outstanding). A decent guitarist and banjo player, Armagh-born Crossey is a good leader who projects well. It just seems that he's still got to figure out exactly who he is, and what he wants to say. Being eclectic in an Irish-American way is fine -- but only as far as it goes. Ambition is a fine thing, and Crossey has talent. Once he puts all the pieces together just right, he could well go places.
Coming Home Review
by Chris Nickson