Great Big Sea - Something Beautiful

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Great Big Sea - Something Beautiful

Great Big Sea combines power-pop with the occasional, floating whistle or flute suggesting an Old World influence. On the more traditional Celtic-influenced folk of “John Barbour,” “Chafe’s Ceildh” and the jig “Helmethead”—with its thoroughly modern lyric—we’re reminded of this band’s Newfoundland connections. On its seventh disc, Great Big Sea has winnowed down its obvious folk roots to momentary asides from its hooky pop-rock originals. Fortunately for the band, the songs are as good as they are, but as Something Beautiful progresses, you begin missing what made this band special in the first place.

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