Bap Kennedy's new album Let's Start Again has been awarded a score of 6 out of 6 from Dagbladet
Dagbladet is one of the largest newspapers in Norway and uses a scoring system based on 6 sided dice.
Many thanks to Jan Krogh for the following translation from Norwegian:
It is many years since Elvis Costello stated something like that all the songs already written, that it is not possible to create something genuinely new. But it is indeed possible to turn it over and add music a spark and a glow that makes it sensational.
Bap (51) is from Belfast, among his admirers and friends are Van Morrison. Bap debuted with the band Energy Orchard in 1990 and recorded five albums with them before he became a solo artist in 1998, urged by Steve Earle who produced his debut.
His previous album, the Celtic sounding masterpiece "The Sailor's Revenge" (2012) was produced by Mark Knopfler. The 11 songs on "Let's Start Again" is recorded by the finest team of Northern Irish musicians, among them kennedys wife, Brenda.
One song sounds more distinct and beautifully arranged than the other, while Kennedy gently cruises through americana genres in low gear, rockabilly, western swing, mariachi.
Songwriter art by first class, performed without affectation, but the meaning behind every word.