This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/06Oh Eric! This sinner of a Reviewer comes before you to beg your forgiveness.
That particular track (with the Housman lyrics) was titled “To An
Athlete Dying Young”: and I first played it on the day of the George
(Hardly analogous, in that Georgie did not die THAT young, but there are other resonances in the lyric that made it unspeakably sad when juxtaposed with the events at Stormont that Saturday.) And, incidentally, Eric has produced a fine melody that really fits the poem like a glove.
But I have left till last the masterpiece. It is the title track. A heartfelt lament that so many defenceless innocents get killed in a myriad nasty little wars. “Other People's Children” is a song that will bring a huge lump to your throat.
Interestingly, it made me think of Beslan. Yet four songs later comes the second song on pretty much that same subject: “Thou Shalt Not”. And this one Eric specifically says was his response to that school tragedy.
Yet, despite some wondrous plangent electric guitar from Munro, this song has little of the astonishing power of the title track.
A very decent album with one true jewel of a song jumping out at you.
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