ELAINE O'ROURKE
NO BEGINNING, NO END
(independent)

 


Record review by TC Krentz

 

Elaine O’Rourke’s debut record is aptly entitled No Beginning, No End. Appropriate because it’s hard to believe this is her first record, nor do we hope it would be her last.

This amazing singer/guitarist/songwriter brings a cohesive body of work together which is drenched her Irish heritage but absolutely maintains a balance of good American folk rock. Ideal instrumentation of violins, dulcimers, & whistle color these songs with the essence of her native Ireland.

Opening track Sepia Tones sets the captivating tone of this record, quickly taking a rock twist with the charming Tangerine; a great little folk rock song that exhibits Elaine’s brilliant vocal harmonies. The record tours us through a beautifully dark side of this wonderful artist; songs like Free Me & You Can’t Avoid Me are both haunting and lyrically intriguing.

We highly recommend this record, even for the non-folk-rock folks. Check her out at www.elaineorourke.com and on Myspace/elaineorourke.