New York City’s favorite Irish bar band is back after a five-year absence with their special mix of rock and traditional Celtic sounds. Larry Kirwan often peppers his songs with a whiskey glass full of humor, as he does singing with Suzzy Roche on the title cut, a bouncy ska number that also features Geoff Blythe of Dexy’s Midnight Runners blowing sax.

"Fiona’s Song" is a sad and truthful dirge where Roseanne Cash trades verses with Kirwan, while Eileen Ivers adds to the sorrow with mournful violin. The mood lightens considerably when David Johansen (New York Dolls) adds his funky tones to "Staten Island Baby," a horn-filled big band dance number.

Kirwan’s lyrics deal with modern and universal situations and some of New York Town’s material is a reaction to the tragedy of 9/11, but the mood is that of days gone by – the true core of this album’s charm.

Grade: B

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