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You know I am barely into the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock’s self-titled debut album and already I am stuck on endless repeat at track 2. ‘In Country Dark’ is deliciously put together you see, a spark of experimentation goes a long way in my book and the tail end of this ditty provides it in spades. I mean at one stage I really felt like it was going to burst into My Bloody Valentine style molten chord exchanges. Before all that though there is a lively folk jamboree to be savoured, which comes complete with the sweetest of vocal melodies. Taken in an Irish context the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock are reminiscent of Horslips but they tend to take on more of the contemporary which often obscures the traditionalists within them. It’s early days yet but lead man Allen Blighe has all the makings of a true visionary, this album of his will surely give the Spooks a great deal more than a ghost of a chance. Irish album of the year by a country mile (with hairpin bends every 15 yards), haunting doesn’t even begin to describe it. KD
The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock – In Country Dark