Alan Thomas Doyle

Alan Doyle is part of the band Great Big Sea. He released this CD late in 2012. He appears to have travelled all over the place, hanging with friends and acquaintances and co-writing. The result is an album full of terrific songs, and Doyle’s voice has a nice urgency and a kind of gentle rasp that brings the tunes alive. The sound is sometimes maybe a bit heavier than the more rootsy GBS, with some fairly tough sounding electric guitar and a bit of pop/rock bravado in the mix. Also feels to me as if the production is a bit more mediated than most of GBS’s recordings - a few more studio tricks - but it suits the more commercial, pop feel of the record. Highly recommended. Stands up well to repeated listening and I should know, as it’s been played a lot around here.