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Clann Z
G7 Welcoming Committee

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Clann Z is a band with a goal of making music without boundaries, and in that quest I grant an amount of success. However after hearing their release, >Ra, I assert that this groups' accomplishments be described differently.

"Without boundaries" is a description for the chaos of a free jazz ensemble. Clann Z is better described as expanding upon the boundaries of what is mostly a pop-rock foundation. They have definitely incorporated many styles of music to build upon this foundation, the most obvious of which are punk, folk, rock, classical and electronic, but it all boils down to a cohesive Clann Z/pop-rock experience. I understand that these days being classified as pop-anything can be an insult for a devoted artist but the fact of the matter is that people will really like this music and its most obvious corporate similarities and/or influences include pop greats like U2, Talking Heads, Rusted Root and The Dave Matthews Band.

Still, Clann Z has a unique flavor that is all its' own. They are a band of cross-cultural influences headed by vocalist Declan de Barra, the lone Irishman backed by a fist full of Australians. Aussie Russell Fawcus' classical style electric violin is a critical element of Clann Z, injecting tons of emotion into every song. However, with the touch of the Irish, the classical style is occasionally transformed to genuine Irish folk. This takes place either when least expected, as in, "All That You've Ever Known", or from the get go in "R R" and "Crashing to the Floor."

Clann Z's other foundation of strength is its powerful Irish-bred vocals. Declan de Barra has one of those voices that once distinguished as his, will always stand out to even an untrained ear. He screams like Bono, sings low like Ed Vedder and falsettos like Jeff Buckley. Listeners can also appreciate a band that is moving in to the technological era by including a hauntingly powerful QuickTime animated video of their song "Five Thousand More" on their CD.

If you like excellent rock music from a band that knows how to fill every inch of the sound spectrum with all types of instrumentation, vocalization and emotion, Clann Z, from Melbourne, Australia as headed by a mad Irish man is not only your album purchase, but also your ticket during their subsequent tours of Australia, Europe and North America.

Reviewed by Mitchell Trux

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