I first heard West of Eden as part of a compilation album of Celtic
folk, and I was hooked. Being a Swedish group, I had some difficulty
in accessing their work but I did manage to find an album and I thoroughly
A Stupid Thing to Do is their latest release, and it is an excellent collection
of work, beautifully performed.
It is amazing to listen to natives of Sweden sounding as if they hail from
Kerry, Clare or Connemara when they play folk music that captures an Irish
spirit. It is all the more intriguing when we realize that all 13 tracks
Opening with "The Boy from Yesterday," the listener is hooked. "My
Precious Cynic" is one of my favourite tracks, using some great lyrics
to tell a story. The play of words on "Relationship" is top-class
and gives us a beautiful tale of love. A hint of the use of words is in
the line "sign on this relation ship."
My favourite track is "Flooded," a story of lost love given a
wonderful dramatic setting and backing. I don't know how the Swedes express
themselves, but the track titled "Bold as Brass" sounds extremely
That perennial of folk, "The Willow Tree," gets a lovely new
song on this album. Although the singers penned it, it has an authentic
feel that is enhanced by some lovely uilleann piping. The motif of the
willow tree carries on into "Song."
This is a beautiful new collection of songs that is worth the effort to