The Prayer Boat

Polichinelle

  • AllMusic Rating
    4
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

You know, one would think the year 2000 could've meant something. Instead of letting pent-up hostility toward a coddled, brutalized, and raped music culture burst out into another revolution of violent excess, listeners get the likes of fourth-rate Manic Street Preachers impersonators going through calculated motions as if Richey Manic was a "4-Real" Elvis, or worse, a steady flow of Jeff Buckley worshippers, metaphorically digging up the singer's body and feasting on his yellow, rotten flesh. Ireland's The Prayer Boat is such a grave-robber, and it's about time to take some militant action. "Soon the Stars Will Steer Me," "Dead Flowers" -- these are the track titles given. Emmett Tinely's voice shoots through these AOR songs of limp passion, ranging from a whispering Reamonn ("Saved") to a rather startling Natalie Imbruglia sibling ("Dark Green"), demanding about as much attention as a volume of Dostoyevsky gets in a Monday morning frat house. This is John Cougar Mellencamp, not Jeff Buckley, and there's going to come a time when the revolutionaries will lace their boots, cock their guns, and force 2000's disasters like this to start eating their own flesh. For starters, anyway.

blue highlight denotes track pick