The Quireboys - St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul

The Quireboys St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul cover
The Quireboys
St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Quireboys are a bit of a British institution. They’ve been going on for many years, always honest to the bone and dedicated to pure, undulated and unapologetic Rock ‘n Roll. In their latest few albums Spike and his boys, have actually taken a small turn toward, semi acoustic paths, on more than a few occasions, leaving the glamier moments of the past a bit, in favor of a more gypsy rock approach, which seems to work, just as well.
Spike sounds as if he’s swallowed a roll of sandpaper, with the air, coming out in the form of a fine pink mist out of his mouth, so passionate and “smokey” are his vocals. The band too, comes up with some inspired, folk gypsy roll that on occasion remembers its pure rock roots as well.
Opener “Gracie B” opens up all sexy, based on a nice groovy rhythm and the guitar licks that adorn it, while not too flashy, do the job just fine...
“Land of my Father” is a lot more folky and up-tempo and has a very feelgood feeling…
“St Cecilia” keeps the feelgood factor high, but is a little more laid back swinging between piano and acoustics, but in some ways it does recall more vintage days in terms of style.
“The Promise” is a nice, heartfelt and somewhat bleak ballad, in which the balanced combination of strings, pianos and guitars, works quite beautifully.
“Can’t Hide It Anymore” is another slow number, which flirts a bit with Americana, The Beatles, Tom Petty, Mott & The Hoople, the rockier moments of Bob Dylan and even some Def Leppard ballads... it’s got some nice “sliders” going on, in there too.
“Out of Your Mind” has a very filthy piano rock bar-oriented vibe and in some sections sounds like those half manic Waterboys semi-spoken, quasi rockers, that they sometime indulge in.
“The Hurting Kind” is more traditional, but maintains some pop sensibility and has a nice chorus to prove it.
“Adaline” is quite typical of latter day bittersweet Quireboys, also being quite reminiscent of Thin Lizzy’s more adventurous “stories”, but in The Quireboys own inimitable style.
“The Best are not Forgotten” is for all those lost, long gone souls, that have departed this world, who might have gone, but whose contributions are still around us serving as a reminder. It’s positively heartbreakingly and heartachingly beatiful.
Finally, “Why Did It Take so Long” is a smooth and soothing song about finding love, or to be more specific unrequited love, that’s finally finding its way… and again, is another great moment of the band, positively poetic!
The album in itself is almost as good as “Black Eyed Sons”, not directly comparable as it’s a slightly different animal but, definitely worth having. The production is once more great and there’s another 3 disks in the package (dunno if a simple single disk edition exists, but at the price listed this 4 CD set is a steal), which contain the long out of print “Halfpenny Dancer”, which was lately seen fetching more than a pretty penny at auction sites, on disk 2 and the rather rare (must have been mostly available at the band’s performances) “Halfpenny” live, spanning over disks 3 & 4, which finds the band, belting out some of their latest greats along with the obligatory greatest hits, in a good mix, of pretty awesome gypsy rock ‘n roll tracks and straight out rockers. Worth picking up for those alone, but worth picking up anyway!