Rise

Wielding catchy lyrical and musical hooks, this quintet from Cork City, Ireland, has put together an enjoyable set that mixes ballads with pop/rock numbers and a track that's perfect for dancefloor ac

Wielding catchy lyrical and musical hooks, this quintet from Cork City, Ireland, has put together an enjoyable set that mixes ballads with pop/rock numbers and a track that's perfect for dancefloor action. The album's first single, "Sparkle," is a pleasing exploration of someone's shimmering aura. Conversely, "Into the Lavender" looks at how a relationship can turn sour. Earnest percussion and keyboards accompany pleading lyrics on "Live Through This." "Punch Drunk," the group's self-proclaimed anthem, spotlights the late George Harrison on slide, an almost eerie accompaniment to the song's lyrics: "I'm like a man on the flying trapeze/I feel so close to the stars." The upbeat "Evergreen" is a splendid ride, indeed. A fun listen,

Rise is also a solid debut.—JP