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World Music CD Reviews Celtic & Irish

GAELIC STORM

By Marty Lipp
Published September 9, 2005

How Are We Getting Home?
ROIR

So it seems that more than that little old lady with Kate Winslet's blue eyes survived the Titanic. This crop of spunky musicians played in the raucous, below-deck dance scene in the movie Titanic where Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio first got sweaty together, and they have used that international exposure to set sail on a globe-trotting career playing a lively mix of Irish music and acoustic rock. The lads do take a few spins with sets of traditional-style jigs and reels, but their main focus is original compositions that serve up new twists on the familiar Irish musical themes of drinking, bad weather, homesickness (but not for the bad weather), the rough life of manual laborers and, uh, did I mention drinking? With just the occasional ballad, the album is mostly Irish-flavored rock, though the group's sound is not as punk-influenced as the Pogues or its many successors. The boys' impish humor, bright beats and sweet harmonies are hard to resist for long, so jump aboard; this is one fast-moving cruise that isn't going down.