I enjoy traveling around the world (musically) and seeing just how other countries interpret American popular music. Please take my word, the Japanese and the Germans completely slaughter even the simplest songs. My favorite American popular music from someplace other than the North American continent is Ireland. After all, we have several commonalities: a shared language and a stolen heritage. The Waterboys' Roam To Roam makes good use of many seldom heard instruments: mandolin, whistle, flute, fiddle and standup bass. This CD is a charming and infectious marriage of jigs, folk (American), reels and rock.
The Waterboys are also quite crafty lyricists. You'll discover poetic and provoking lines such as 'I'll savoir the softness of summer' (In Search Of A Rose), 'I'm starting to see a bigger picture. I'm beginning to colour it' (Bigger Picture) and 'I dreamed the wind came to my house' (The Trip To Bradford). 'A Man Is In Love' and 'How Long Will I Love You' are joyous musical celebrations of life. It's that very joy and honesty which make the Waterboys so compelling. Name one artist who has the integrity to write 'America (Ireland) is my heart' (Islandman).
Instead of manufacturing music for dollars, the Waterboys proclaim a zest for life through music. Start each day with 'A Man Is In Love,' and you'll step a bit lighter. Go ahead. Allow yourself some Room To Roam.