Bap's new album has been reviewed in Swedish Music Magazine Rootsy.
The following is the text of the review as translated from Swedish to English (by Google!)
Click here to read on the review site in the original Swedish
Yet another brilliant album from Northern Ireland's own Bap Kennedy.The sixth under his own name since his debut in 1998. He also has five albums as lead singer of Belfast's cult rockers Energy Orchards behind. "Let's Start Again" is the sequel to the fantastic album "The Sailor's Revenge" from 2012. No easy task. The melancholy Celtic move left but here's even more of hope and a fresh start. Certainly there feeling of the dreamy gaze away over the sea there. Longing away somewhere beyond the spotlight. But it turned into songs. The soft warm and pleasant singing voice conveys new love and hopefulness. It starts already in the opening title song "Let's Start Again"
We must deal with the past /And then let it go /Get some distance at last /And peace in your soul /All those years I saw right through /That thin disguise /Oh baby, baby we do not have much time
Then followed the loving insight into "Song Of Her Desire":
Baby I did not see the time /And I wasted years /That were not mine /I can hardly believe my eyes /At the things I missed /Or let slip by /But I can make the flames dance in the fire /And I can sing the song of her desire
For self realization and the flashbacks will come in mirror image »Strange Kid", which also connects back to an earlier album by Bap, "Lonely Street":
So long, goodbye /I'm moving up the ladder /And I hope that I am going somewhere better /But I'm pretty sure I'll be /On another lonely street /And when I look in the mirror I can see /Some strange kid /Looking back at me /Some strange kid /That's what I see
"Fool's Paradise" is a declaration of love for wife Brenda Boyd Kennedy, now part of Baps band and plays bass and sings harmonies.
I was happy once /Maybe it was twice /Baby Way Back When /In my fool's paradise /Then you came along /And opened my eyes /Now there's no return /To my fool's paradise
"Let's Start Again" was recorded in Northern Ireland, but is not particularly influenced by the NI sound and its folk. Here are rather so many other things from many different musical traditions, decades and continents. Country, blues, folk, western swing, pop, Texas border music and Latin American noises nedkokat to americana where artists like Ry Cooder, Tom Russell and John Hiatt are intermingled with Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Lowe and Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance. "Heart Trouble" from the 50s western swing mixed with rockabilly, "Radio Waves" a popcountry and "King of Mexico" with his accordion from John McCullough, from really anytime. Much is timeless when Bap Kennedy restarts. There's something to be said about each of the eleven songs. Bap shows once again that he is a brilliant composer and text nick loader. A narrator of death. In addition to what has been said earlier, I want to further describe the grandeur of some of the songs that I especially like. It is a little faster bluesy Grant in "Revelation Blues" with great banjo from Vinty Gilbert and violin from John Fitzpatrick. It's the boogie woogie melodious »If Things Do not Change" with wonderful slide guitar from the consistently brilliant guitarist Gordy McAllister. And the ending hopeful but slow country roll »Let It Go." Hank Williams smiling in his heaven. With "Let's Start Again« fills Bap Kennedy in his bank of musically exciting and emotionally tingling album. He shows that he belongs among the great Americana artists. He manages to take a broad range of influences and despite their on paper sprawling origin collect them into one big whole. It succeeds only those proficient with. As Bap Kennedy.
Click here to read in the original Swedish