The album is a delicate blend of heartfelt prose, pensive piano-based arrangements laced with shards of broken love stories. If you just broke up with a guy, he downs a bottle of sleeping pills in his despair and then he calls you before his last slumber, it might sound like “Safety Rope,” the first track from White Lies.
“Cause I loved you long before the day I told you,” he mumbles as a lone piano tinkles a lullaby in the background.
“All the love you gave me I took for myself,” he laments on the acoustic guitar-driven “California.” Things pick up on “Tomorrow’s Paper,” a scratchy blues-folk romp that shows a remarkable depth for a 25-year-old stone mason who was brought up on a farm outside Blarney, Co. Cork.
His first real connection to music was watching an unplugged Nirvana covering Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.” You can hear that unplugged Seattle influence throughout White Lies,
After a stint in a music college in Cork, Flannery traveled to the U.S. where he “wandered around for a time,” according to his biography. While here, he entered the U.S. Songwriting Competition in Nashville and, to his surprise, won two top awards for his compositions.
Nothing surprising there. White Lies is a strong album that hints at a long, strong career!
The deluxe edition of the album on iTunes includes a series of acoustic live renditions of some tracks from a show he did in the Cork Opera House.
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