Celtic Thunder’s fourth studio album helps further distance the outfit from its traditional roots, swapping out the songs of its homeland for Hallmark-patented ballads from the likes of Neil Diamond and Peter Catera. Like 2009’s Take Me Home, 2010's It’s Entertainment has little fear of schmaltz, as evidenced by the inclusion of straight-up tear-pleading renditions of funeral hymn/American Idol audition standards like "Amazing Grace" and Leonard Cohen’s ubiquitous "Hallelujah." That said, the lads have a lot of fun with material like "Surfer Medley" and "Doo Wacka Doo" -- say what you will about the heavily marketed, camera-ready Irish gentlemen, at least they don’t take themselves too seriously. The performances are all top-notch, but it’s hard not to picture yourself sick from lukewarm chicken breasts covered in mushrooms and half-drunk on two-dollar bottles of chardonnay with your head in your hands at a rickety dinner table, watching the father and the bride dance at the worst wedding you have ever been to. This is what male soloists do when the pints are flowing and the karaoke machine has been left unattended.
It's Entertainment Review
by James Christopher Monger