Great Big Sea
The group does break from its rambunctious sound for a few mellower songs, to varied success. The sweet, loving lyrics of "Graceful & Charming (Sweet Forget Me Not)" seem incongruous to the rest of the album, but "Harbour Lecou" balances a restrained melody with a whimsically ironic tale of an adulterer who feels regret only in being caught.
The group's charisma culminates on "Concerning Charlie Horse," a galloping sendoff to a horse that has drowned in a frozen pond, originally written by Icelandic Canadian Omar Blondahl. The song is so catchy and bouncy that it's easy to envision the group belting out the boisterous chorus, with glasses lifted in jolly-good-fellow tribute: "Here's to Charlie horse and I wants ye all to know/Charlie's gone to the big corral where all good horses go."
-- Catherine P. Lewis