Updated: Apr 12, 2021
Another quality long-playing release from one of our favourite Irish artists Dar.Ra who happens to be based in the UK and raises the flag for dedicated Song-smiths around the globe.
In essence, it’s a collection of some of the more laid-back moments from various albums and EPs over the years with an uncovered unreleased gem called ‘Evermore’ which was penned for his Mothers sad early passing when the ‘Soul Hours’ album came out in 2008.
As the album suggests with its title it’s a mixture of joy and sadness as only Ballads can deliver, subjects roll from losing someone too early on both ‘Rewind’ and ‘Evermore’ to the thought of walking up with the perfect girlfriend who happens to be transgender, on a track called a ‘Girl Like You’.
Nothing is as it seems on any first listen with Dar.Ra and his songwriting, as digging deep into subtexts reveal another whole level of the storyline and subliminal messages, not that anything sinister and mind-controlling is at work but merely to suggest that not everything should be handed away so easily on the first experience, which all Art should do.