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Press Cuttings: Water of Europe


Rock and Reel #34, Spring 2000
Water of Europe

DES DE MOOR - WATER OF EUROPE (IRREGULAR)


Des has fallen on a sound reserve that is generated not from the throat, but from deeper within, as epitomised on this latest unfurling of a rich, supple baritone which invests 'Water of Europe' with a maturity of emotional gesture belying his thirty-something years.

Moreover, in common with Roy Orbison and Scott Walker, Des has realised that a mere Great Voice isn't enough. As well as a handful of beautifully judged covers - Brecht, Brel and Terry Callier - there's a lively and imaginative composer and lyricist at work here, with nearly every item standing tall as a song per se if all the confident, and occasionally eccentric, arrangements were stripeed down to just voice and a solitary keyboard - as, actually, they are on 'Sharp Contradictions' and 'Margins'.

Accompaniment by as near as Des ever gets to standard rock instrumentation is reserved for two of this collection's most immediatly memorable pieces: 'Grandmother Was A Hero' and show-stopping 'Joey's Dreams', worth the whole price of the album for its poignant, tear-jerking quality.

Yet neither of these overshadows companion tracks that, while beginning as intellectual rather than aesthetic experiences, eventually reach out and hold you forever.

Alan Clayson



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