Trying to describe The Waterboys’ sound would, it seem, be a futile exercise. As the band themselves say: “The Waterboys belong to no movement, genre, school or fashion. We play Waterboys music.” After the release of their cherished album, 1985’s This Is the Sea, this rock outfit went rogue, “running off with raggle-taggle traditional musicians, spending three years, countless takes and numerous players and producers trying to record their follow-up” (The Guardian). Fast-forward 30 years ago and the masters of ‘Big Music’ are back with a new album, Modern Blues, and show us why Richard Curtis believes them to be “the next best group after The Beatles”.
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