Cathy Davey has become a darling of Irish music over the last decade. With her remarkable instrumental talent and sickly sweet voice, her previous albums were a delightful treat to anybody’s ears. The Nameless is no different.
Things are a little bit different this time around, the songs are less reliant on guitar and the melodies are less cheerful at times with the exception of one or two songs, including ‘Little Red’, the first single of the album, which is a merry, clever and devilishly humourous song. The songs is earthier than we are used to from the Irish songstress. It seems as though Cathy may have been look towards some global music for inspiration, which appears to pop up in small parts of various songs.
It is refreshing to see that the singer can be eclectic throughout an album while keeping her unique spin on things. One of the most alluring songs is ‘Wild Rum’, one that could be found on a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ LP. The music is dreary and lyrics are menacing for the most part, but her hushed vocals lend a certain delicacy.
Overall the album is a summery delight, full of soft tunes and supple vocals making delicious listening for the approaching season. Davey has grown musically in the last few years; this may very well be her best yet.