ARTIST : The Waterboys

ALBUM :Good Luck, Seeker

RATING : 8/10

WORDS : Jo Cosgrove


Scottish folk act The Waterboys have been on a twenty-year-strong kick since their reformation in 2000. With great hits and strong sounds, they’re celebrating this 20th anniversary with their new record ‘Good Luck, Seeker’.

The album kicks off with one of the hit singles from the record, ‘The Soul Singer’. A catchy upbeat track, it introduces the album in style! From the use of stable brass band instrumentals to the steady vocals of frontman Mike Scott, it’s the best track to bring fans and newfound listeners into the hype that The Waterboys are all about. But don’t be fooled by the big bouncy sound; it’s going to be switched up and turned down throughout the album’s duration. Don’t stay comfortable.

The tone is one of nostalgia. The band use this flashback-inducing array of sounds to relive the era where they came from, while keeping it modern and revitalised for the newer generations

The tone is one of nostalgia. The band use this flashback-inducing array of sounds to relive the era where they came from, while keeping it modern and revitalised for the newer generations. Those who may only be discovering the folk-rock and alternative sounds of decades passed, or ones who are looking for this in a band still going now. Chances are this is ticking all the boxes and The Waterboys will be their new favourite love.This is found in tracks such as ‘Low Down in the Broom’: a more relaxed, strings-led track which features calming yet exciting vocals; including segments of vocal harmonies which can strike goosebumps in the skin.

Other tracks such as ‘Freak Street’ include Scott mixing in spoken word vocals and melodic singing to create this intriguing atmosphere. The tracks are telling their own stories, some person and some a lot more general – but all in their own unique manners and analogies. It’s music to make you sit and think and wonder about the world all around us and how we all see it and convey its messages. In-depth and entertaining, playing hand-in-hand.

Never a dull moment in ‘Good Luck, Seeker’ as the tracks win in their own way. Being a more unique combination of folk, rock and alternative can be a winning or losing one; however, the experience of the last have brought The Waterboys to the advantage of knowing where to try something new or return to what they once knew.

The album’s title track ‘Good Luck, Seeker’ has a catchy beat with Scott’s spoken word introduction as he talks to himself about this mysterious character who can “control phenomena” in the world. The track completely consists of this steady vocal recital from Scott; reading and sounding like an essay on this character’s life. It’s creative, it’s chilling, and yet it also has that potential to be a song for a chill-out session to ease the speedily-thinking overly emotional mind.

Never a dull moment in ‘Good Luck, Seeker’ as the tracks win in their own way. Being a more unique combination of folk, rock and alternative can be a winning or losing one; however, the experience of the last have brought The Waterboys to the advantage of knowing where to try something new or return to what they once knew.

Ending with the pairing of ‘Everchanging’ and ‘The Land of Sunset’ is the most fitting end the band could put for the record. The former is about the world evolving and changing, and watching it all happen as one is experiencing the changes in their own ways; and the latter closes the record in such a contrasting manner to how it opened. The beat has slowed down and chilled out, fitting with the poetic lyrics recited alongside. The melody is full of tones and levels, layering it smartly and beautifully as we fade out of this story and close the book.

The Waterboys have learnt many things throughout the decades, and these last two have shown they can get back on their collective feet and stay strong. Putting knowledge and expert experience to the test and passing with flying colours – for twenty years and counting.

Good Luck, Seeker is out now.

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