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I’ll Tear My Own Walls Down by Bill
Cork lad Bill Coleman is one of the more challenging
members of the current standing army of Irish singer/songwriters.
In an always overcrowded genre, usually synonymous
with anguished, acoustic, bed-sit navel-gazing, he
is an edgy cut above the introspective herd. But,
then again, as one wag put it, Bono and Thom Yorke
are singer/songwriters: they just have loud bands
The proof’s in the pudding, and this debut
album, released on his own BCMR label, is consistently
excellent, with no discernable weakest link in the
eleven tracks. The reasons for this are manifold:
the dexterity of his fierce finger-picking, which
will draw inevitable comparisons with Nick Drake and
Elliott Smith; the raw tenderness of his voice; and,
perhaps most of all, the fact that he really beats
himself up in his thoughtful, subtle lyrics, but although
dangerously self-lacerating, is never whingingly self-pitying.
Instead, having confronted his demons, he offers hard-won
hope, through finding inner strength and resilience.