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Album Review

I Am the Greatest is the unusual but intriguing album from Dublin, Ireland's A House. In places melodious with a bent twist; in others, dissonant with an arresting groove. Picture the Velvet Underground nursed on Celtic roots. Highlights: the title track's dissection of the price of fame and "Endless Art," essentially a roll call of dead.

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Fondly remembering A House

I bought this album in a second hand record store in New York in the summer of 1995. It was only 50c from the bargain bin; I'm guessing because noone had really heard of A House in New York. It's the best 50c I ever spent. I couldn't guess how many times I have listened to this album since, but it is STILL one of my most listened to CD's. The album is certainly a grower - I initially thought that it had nothing on 'My big fat merry-go-round' an earlier release by A House, but with a few listens it proved that it had. The album puts me in a good mood every time I hear it despite some of it's depressing lyrics - The version I have only contains 13 songs omitting Cotton pickers, Victor and Live life dead died, which I have yet to hear. As i've not heard these songs, I hope they haven't upset the flow or unnecessarily drawn out the length of what to me is almost a perfect album of good pop/rock songs done in a unique Dublin style.


Formed: 1985 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Irish guitar pop ironists A House formed in Dublin in 1985 from the remnants of the group Last Chance. Comprised of the core trio of vocalist Dave Couse, guitarist Fergal Bunbury and bassist Martin Healy and regularly aided by satellite members Dave Dawson (drums), David Morrissey (keyboards) and Susan Kavanagh (backing vocals), the group debuted in 1987 with the single "Kick Me Again, Jesus," issued on their own Hip label. The record won considerable press coverage and resulted in a contract...
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