With this album, O'Donoghue, guitarist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power have somewhat ditched what little alt-rock leaning they have and just went for the power ballads like the highly accessible "Man On A Wire," the piano-decked ode "Never Seen Anything Quite Like You," and the moody "Flares." When they do rock out
, they gun for the anthemic, hence numbers like the arena-sized "Superheroes," the portable sing-along "It's Not Right For You," and the gradually soaring "The Energy Never Dies." With this collection, the trio proves that they can be in the same league as Coldplay as far as stadium rock goes.
This time round he's promoting Lonely Avenue, the album he co-wrote with High Fidelity author Nick Hornby; as ever, it's a clever collection of touching ballads such as Belinda, combined with a few good 'rock outs
' like Saskia Hamilton.
Eyes Open blends punky riffs with U2-style rock outs
on Beginning To Get To Me and gorgeous, heartbreaking tunes Chasing Cars and You Could Be Happy.
Ironically, through all the media frenzy, they throw up a parting shot called Take It Or Leave It that screams at people, over a haze of Hendrix-tribute riffs and Formula 1 style rock outs
, to make their own minds up.
Blistering rock outs
with everything turned up to 11, it's the aerobic drum work of Koji Shimura that drives this beast on to meltdown.
And now their coming to the Dublin on October 25 (venue to be confirmed) to test market their spicy electronic grooves and techo-induced guitar rock outs