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With his sixth studio album, Damien Dempsey proves once again that he is a singer-songwriter of the finest calibre.
His work has always displayed an unashamed sincerity increasingly rare in these cynical and demoralised times, one which is deeply rooted in Irish traditions of resistance.
For Dempsey the political is not separate from the personal and the theme of this album could be said to be the fusion of love for justice and for resistance, with the love of individuals, friends and family.
As ever there's an impassioned urgency in Dempsey's delivery, especially in the album's best track Born Without Hate, a duet with the up-and-coming poet Kate Tempest.
Tracks like this and Massai are underpinned by slow, thundering beats and basslines reminiscent of the "global grooves" purveyed by the likes of Transglobal Underground.
In certain moods, only Dempsey will do. There are very few artists who that could be said about.