The Prodigals

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The second release by the Prodigals reveals a somewhat changed personality than that present on their 1997 self-titled debut. New vocalist and guitarist Ray Kelly has injected into their music a bit more of an aggressive attitude; his presence gives the Prodigals a pseudo-punk identity. Bassist Andrew Harkin has developed a more pronounced style of playing and frequently delivers the melody line in a funky or jazzy manner. There are noticeable drum'n'bass grooves provided by Harkin and drummer Brian Tracey, which, when paired with Gregory Grene's traditional accordion playing, yields a unique hybrid of Celtic rock. Their version of "Spancil Hill" cleverly juxtaposes the country & western classic "Ghost Riders in the Sky" with that traditional Irish piece, and "Quart of Gin" boasts some lightning-fast bass and accordion playing, two examples of their genre-stretching tendencies.

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