Paddy Whack

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Paddy Whack is another clever folk-rock band from Germany. After several independent cassette-only releases dating back to 1989, this is their first CD album. Paddy Whack are particularly adept at blending a variety of pop styles. Their original compositions frequently take on ska and alternative-pop flavors while the traditional numbers bring out their "classic" folk-rock influences. "Batman's Dead" and "Paddy Whack" are engaging ska-soaked ditties, and "She's Mine" incorporates pop, punk, and (attempted) rap samplings. "Pinch of Snuff" seems to come straight from the Horslips' book of folk-rock arrangements and "Natural Bridge Blues" combines both Celtic and bluegrass music in a style similar to the JSD Band and Hickory Wind. Richard Thompson's "Woman or a Man" is transformed into a galloping country number, while Australian folk-rockers Bushwackers come immediately to mind upon hearing "Sister Kate," "John Henry," and "Kelly from Killarn." In fact, lead singer Kai Fahr sounds surprisingly like Bushwackers' vocalist Dobe Newton.

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