Magazine article New Internationalist

[Coughlan, Mary. after the Fall]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Coughlan, Mary. after the Fall]

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After the Fall by Mary Coughlan (Big Cat ABB123CD)

ON THE SURFACE these two albums seem worlds apart. After The Fall is by Mary Coughlan who has been dubbed Ireland's answer to Janis Joplin. Dissected comes from Meira Asher, an Israeli singer and choreographer whose shaven - head appearance speaks of radical toughness. Coughlan's is a blues - coloured album of intensely personal songs addressing alcoholism, abuse, illicit love and emotional earthquakes. Asher's is a fierce, techno - influenced disc, filled with rage and compassion specifically for victims of AIDS and the intifada, but by extension, all who suffer. These two magnificent and wildly different albums are linked by the strength of vision each singer displays.

Mary Coughlan has got the kind of voice that reaches deep into one's inner recesses, that's simultaneously pained and powerful and warm. …

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