When a band designs its album cover as a Penguin Modern Classic you begin to suspect that they take themselves rather seriously. When they back this up with a record of heartfelt, sophisticated sketches of Dublin life some kind of mass acclaim would seem to be in order. Jubilee Allstars won't get this but they deserve all the critical praise going for this gem of an album. In the liner notes the McCormack brothers admit they've been 'neither popular nor profitable since 1993.' Who cares when the music's as
good as this? Absolutely essential.