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The McCluskey Brothers - Housewives Choice - Q

25 May 2000

Third album from former members of The Bluebells. Remember Young At Heart? Comprising Ken and Dave McCluskey, the McCluskey Brothers' first two releases could only be described as work-a-day: honest enough but lacking any real spark. But their debut album for Linn Records sees a marked change. Comprising new material and remixes of the best tracks from their earlier offerings, "Housewives' Choice" is a classy folk-pop affair, filled with strong melodies and neatly honed harmonies, allied to a faultless production job. The atmospheric She's Turning and Fever Pitch's bingo-hall bop are the most instant attention-grabbers here, though a low-key campfire rendition of Hamish Henderson's Freedom Come All Ye proves especially moving. Full of potential.
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