The full review reads as follows:
The former lead singer with Belfast's Energy Orchard releases his sixth solo album LET'S START AGAIN, featuring eleven new self-penned songs, each imbued with a strong Americana feel. With an impressive back catalogue of album releases, one or two produced by notable musicians such as Mark Knopfler and Steve Earle, it's hardly surprising that any subsequent albums would see the singer/songwriter strive for excellence and for this album, Kennedy returns to Mudd Wallace, producer of some of Kennedy's earlier band work. With clear and unfussy production, the songs are revealed as both slick and accomplished and at the same time highly accessible, with engaging melodies and mature lyrics.
Surrounding himself with musicians that have worked as part of Kennedy's live band, including his wife Brenda Kennedy on bass, Gordy McAllister on guitar and Rabb Bennett on drums, the songs are treated to some fine accompaniment, each with an Americana flavour, particularly King of Mexico, with its south of the border flavour and the wireless-pally Radio Waves. In places, the band really swings as on Heart Trouble and Fool's Paradise, both of which explore the diverse genres as Western Swing and Calypso respectively. Any problems deciding where to file this album, just stick it alongside your Cooders, Haitts and Tom Russells.
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