First Kiss
by Terry

Rating: 10

Julie Delaney’s 1st solo album is a delightful mix of old and new, upbeat and thoughtful. This eclectic concoction features familiar Irish and American tunes as well as some remarkable original songs by talented Southern California musician/songwriter Matt Margucci.

The CD opens with the sure-fire hit tune First Kiss. Delaney’s sassy and precise vocals, and Margucci’s bluesy guitar combine to make this a perfect pop/folk song. It’s got catchy hooks, sweet harmonies and a fun upbeat chorus.

Delaney and Margucci repeat that winning combination on Oh Me, Oh My. Again, this song has more hooks than a fishing tackle store. After one listen, you can’t get it out of your head.

Delaney updates popular American tunes such as Sixteen Tons, Paladin, Shenandoah and others. The songs may be old, but here they are given a fresh energy. A new generation can now enjoy these classics.

Her Irish influence is heard on a nice selection of popular Irish folk songs. Delaney breathes new life into the traditional and fast-paced Island Spinning Song; as well as crowd favorite Molly Malone; the soulful Four Walls; and the gorgeous Steal Away. Delaney’s version of I’ll Tell Me Ma will have even the non-Irish dancing a jig. If your toe isn’t tapping listening to this tune—you’re dead! Irish folk music fans will have plenty to love about this CD.

The album has lots of other surprises, including the Rainbow Connection song. Anyone who has had kids in the last 15 years is probably familiar with this tune via the Muppet Movie. Kermit the Frog did a pretty good version of the song, but you should hear it sung by Julie the human.