Album of the Day
Born in County Kildare, Ireland, Kevin Barry Moore grew up in a musical family (older brother Christy is a revered folk singer) but forged his own identity as Luka Bloom. RIVERSIDE was his first album issued under that name, and the 1990 Warner Bros. set still makes a great impression. Though Irish roots can be heard in both its music and lyrics, the collection was recorded in Bloom's adopted home of New York City, giving these dozen originals a cosmopolitan appeal. While the energetic guitar work and passionate vocals of “Delirious” or “You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time” may hook you, there are also more reflective songs (“The Man Is Alive,” “The One”) to reel you in. The exhilarating balance between high and low heard on RIVERSIDE has turned more than a few listeners into life-long Luka Bloom fans.