Mr Jag - He Tames Lions British Product Audio Samples Available

He Tames Lions by Mr Jag

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Album, Independent, Rock
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The second full length album from the Northern Irish band.

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  1. 1. He Tames Lions
  2. 2. Running On Empty
  3. 3. The Sea
  4. 4. Easter's First Fruits
  5. 5. The Simple Truth
  6. 6. Dusty Photograph
  7. 7. Verse 1 Verse 2
  8. 8. Brothers
  9. 9. Family
  10. 10. Unseen Certainty
  11. 11. Samson's Cry
  12. 12. Bring Me Back (Again)
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Reviewed by Paul Keeble

As a fellow Northern Irelander, now in exile, it's always good to hear a bit of music from The Mainland, and seeing the boul Brian Houston's name on the credits lifted my interest a bit further. The album begins with the title track, which was a bit disappointing, but at just over two minutes is maybe meant as a curtain raiser, as "Running On Empty" jumps in with an electric guitar riff Keith Richards would be proud of. Unfortunately no one has told Mr Jag that you can't have too much of a good thing as The Riff does not reappear until right at the end! Oh well. Otherwise, this is a strong song with a good hook. Third track "The Sea" features some nice acoustic guitar and bops along nicely, though there is a half-time section from about two minutes 30 seconds which meanders a bit. "Easter's First Fruits" is a hymn in the Celtic style à la Stuart Townend. Some nice lyrics - "Coal under pressure to diamonds will turn/And surely through trials we treasure shall earn" - and a simple piano accompaniment, but vocal a bit too creaky for these ears. We're into country and western for "This Simple Truth". Nice feel, great sentiments, but clichéd lyrics. "Dusty Photograph", co-written by Brian Houston is a touching song to a departed friend with a much stronger lyric. ("And as you move on down the broken track/You stumble on those pavement cracks/Well he's got your back"). Overall, the tunes vary somewhat in quality and the lyrics fluctuate between good, with occasional inspired, and tired with oft-used phrases given yet another outing. But still, a band well worth searching out.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 106136
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2011

The second full length album from the Northern Irish band.

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Posted by radical penguin in antarctica at 23:40 on Apr 6 2011

you only reviewed the first few songs, all the best stuffs in the second half!!

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