Lullabies For Bloodshot Eyes

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Great Big Sea member Séan McCann appropriately bookends his debut solo album, Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes, with delicately arranged lullabies for his children, opening with "Somewhere (For Fin)" and concluding with "Don't Cry (For Keegan)." (The latter, featuring McCann's bandmates Alan Doyle on high-strung acoustic guitar and Bob Hallett on accordion, is, in effect, a Great Big Sea track.) In between, McCann provides justification for the "bloodshot" part of the title, turning in a batch of songs that poetically describe love and trouble, much of it drowned in alcohol. By the time of the fourth track, Rick Hartley's "Hold Me Steady," he's worked himself up to ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Great Big Sea member Séan McCann appropriately bookends his debut solo album, Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes, with delicately arranged lullabies for his children, opening with "Somewhere (For Fin)" and concluding with "Don't Cry (For Keegan)." (The latter, featuring McCann's bandmates Alan Doyle on high-strung acoustic guitar and Bob Hallett on accordion, is, in effect, a Great Big Sea track.) In between, McCann provides justification for the "bloodshot" part of the title, turning in a batch of songs that poetically describe love and trouble, much of it drowned in alcohol. By the time of the fourth track, Rick Hartley's "Hold Me Steady," he's worked himself up to rip-roaring barroom strength, but after the rollicking ska arrangement that paces "Lazy Lover" (complete with punchy horns by Chris Harnett), he turns to the self-pitying, depressed drunk of the saloon song "Wasted," pleading with the bartender for another drink. McCann drives the songs home with his expressive voice, which varies so much it sometimes seems as though there are several different lead singers on the disc. (As it is, Jeen O'Brien does duet with him here and there.) He has a high, near-falsetto voice (notably on the melancholy "Gone Tomorrow," making it reminiscent of a Ronnie Lane song), a whiskey-edged tenor he uses most of the time, and a lower rock & roll voice that he uses on, for instance, "Hold Me Steady" (making him sound like Mike Scott and the song like a Waterboys track). Maybe that's the legacy of a guy who's spent the last 18 years singing harmony in a group. Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes allows McCann to step out of Great Big Sea's patented Celtic rock sound for half-an-hour, though, and longtime fans should appreciate the difference.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Lean Ground Music
  • UPC: 634457522329
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 154,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Somewhere (For Fin) (3:07)
  2. 2 Wish (2:39)
  3. 3 Peace Among the Bones (2:52)
  4. 4 Hold Me Steady (3:29)
  5. 5 Gone Tomorrow (4:06)
  6. 6 Razor & Rust (3:09)
  7. 7 Lazy Lover (2:47)
  8. 8 Wasted (3:17)
  9. 9 Don't Cry (For Keegan) (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sean McCann Primary Artist, Guitar, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Bodhran
Don Ellis Bass
Alan Doyle Hi String
Bob Hallett Accordion
Kelly Russell Bouzouki, Fiddle, Mandolin, Concertina, Mountain Dulcimer
Mark Bragg Harmonica, Hammond Organ
Brad Power Banjo, Guitar
Brad Kilpatrick Percussion, Drums
Chris Harnett Horn
Romesh Thavanathan Cello
Luke Power Keyboards
Technical Credits
Don Ellis Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Sean McCann Producer
Spencer Crewe Engineer
Mark Bragg Producer
Rick Hollett Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes

    Absolutely outstanding!!! LOVE IT!

    Sean McCann captures the pathos, tenderness, bewilderment of alcohol dependency, love of family and personal struggle with some amazingly beautiful music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful first Album

    If you are a fan of Great Big Sea, you will love it. If you have never heard of them, hopefully this will help you expand your horizons. This CD has a little bit of everything in it and if you use your MP3 for playlists to avoid listening to the same type of music 10 or 11 times in a row- you will not have that problem here. Play it straight through, every track. Every song is a different treat.

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