A Rock in a Weary Land

By Nicole Kobie

The Waterboys’ latest release, aptly titled A Rock in a Weary Land, will make even devoted Waterboy fans tired.

Stepping between folk and harder rock styles, Weary Land is a strange mix of indiscernible ballads and noisy, flailing guitars. Lead singer Mike Scott’s spirituality slips through, but the subtlety feels sneaky. Why doesn’t he just come out and say it already?

The loud instrumentals will wear you down, but the repetitive screeches and frustrating wails will keep you awake from sheer irritation.

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