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The Riptide Movement: Getting Through

Irish rabble rousers’ simple, effective third album.

The Dublin quartet had a No.1 with this album on home turf, where they’re verging on festival headliners. But then the Celts have always had a penchant for the kind of gritty, air-punching guitar anthems that The Riptide Movement provide.

That said, big, broad, bouncing tunes such as current single All Works Out and You And I have universal shoutalong appeal.

The words ‘blue collar’ are often mentioned in association with this band, and there’s a strong Springsteenian element of proletarian struggle. Frontman Mal Tuohy mentions someone called Mary (Brooce’s perennial fictional paramour) in Across The Water, and in GLOR, bemoans ‘another generation left on the heap’.

It can’t fail to quicken your pulse, and, although the juggernaut tempo gets a little too one-paced after a while (even the slow-burning Sycamore Tree sounds like a song waiting to explode into a big, booming chorus) they fare so well in their natural habitat, why bother to look elsewhere?/o:p

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock