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Album Review

The Devlins showcase their smooth Irish brogue on their debut album Drift, and without the heavy guitars and lyrical imagery made famous by their Irish counterparts (U2, the Cranberries). Taking note from their influences such as Talk Talk and the Blue Nile, Peter and Colin Devlin go for a grainy simplicity similar to Mike Scott and the Waterboys. The result is earthy in composition, and nothing outstanding in the sense of perfecting an anthem or epic song. Album opener "I Knew That" is a decent introduction for Drift; echoing guitars and breezy acoustics set the album's overall tone and emotional outlooks. "Everytime You Go" and "Almost Made You Smile" are hauntingly similar to the earnest vocals of Daniel Lanois, but what's most inviting about the Devlins is how they keep it basic. No major production or standout singles are found; hushing vocals carry the entire 11-song set list and make Drift an ethereal beauty.


Formed: Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With their brogue-tinged harmonies set to acoustic-based melodies, Colin and Peter Devlin continue to build on the success of their alt-rock duo, the Devlins. Their 1993 debut album, Drift, produced by Daniel Lanois and recorded in Lanois' New Orleans studio, showed hints of their ability to craft a hook-laden tune, while their sophomore effort, Waiting, which achieved gold status four years later, marked them as one of Ireland's best acts. Moving to an old country house in Kinsale, County Cork,...
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