Eric Roche,
(Inner Ear, 2001)

Spin, a new CD by Eric Roche, is an instrumental guitar recording that is a joy to listen to.

"Porcupine" has a nice driving beat that sounds very good. Unfortunately as with most original material, you need to give it time to become familiar. "Angel," as the title would suggest, has a gentle and rather spiritual sound.

The more familiar tracks on this album are the two written by established artists. George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is well played and lovely to listen to. "Teen Spirit," from the pen of Kurt Cobain, is also well presented.

The only vocal piece on the CD is "Never Give Up." Written by Roche, it displays his ability with words as well as music: "Look straight ahead and we will see it through, never give in." I would like to hear more of his lyrics.

"Roundabout" is the final track of the 11 on the CD, and it was recorded live at Siamsa Tire in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

This is a well produced and played collection of music but, despite the obvious talent, I wonder about his audience. Great guitar playing is a talent but sadly the people buying records or choosing radio play lists are not likely to be hooked quickly enough to make any hits from this CD. Perhaps a few extra vocal tracks or guitar versions of better-known songs would give it more of an edge and expand its visibility.

Having said that, I enjoyed Spin a lot. Anyone out there who enjoys good music and is willing to listen a few times to find familiar ground will benefit from this CD.

- Rambles
written by Nicky Rossiter
published 7 December 2002