Cliffs of Dooneen released Undertow, the band's second album, in 1993. Creating a sound that really was ahead of its time, the bandmembers seemed to foresee a lot of the current trends in modern alternative rock. Their music contained elements of bluesy rock and artists like the Cult. The sound also included tinges of the power pop of such groups as Cheap Trick and Enuff Z'Nuff. Some of the material even feels a bit like Dave Matthews. Although the overall texture has a slightly gritty, straightforward rock style, the album shows very competent songwriting and arranging, getting quite intricate at times. All in all, it is really surprising that these guys didn't make a larger impact than they did.
AllMusic Review by Gary Hill