BAP KENNEDY The Big Picture
From page 83 of Classic Rock Magazine April 2005
Former Energy Orchard mainman
recorded this album in Van Morrison’s Somerset studios, helped by pedal steel maestro BJ Cole, a spoken-word reading from Neal Cassady’s widow Carolyn, and a raucous vocal blast of Shane MacGowan in a song about alcohol.
The bright country rock of opener Rock And Roll Heaven is misleading; the material is generally low-key, laced with lap steel, piano, whistle, accordion, mandolin, strings and other accoutrements of Irish and American country.
Through Too Old For Fairly Tales and the lushly melodic Milky Way (co-written with Morrison), Kennedy surveys his past problems and disappointments, although the poppy soul of The Sweet Smell Of Success confides a grudging optimism in there somewhere.
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