Essential: a masterpiece of Folk music
Brady’s first solo album, Welcome Here Kind Stranger is his second (and final) folk recording prior to his embarking on a successful, long-term foray into the realm of mainstream rock. Its title is a phrase taken from one of the album’s songs: “The Lakes of Pontchartrain”. The album was initially released (vinyl and cassette) on Dónal Lunny’s Mulligan label (LUN024) in 1978 and was voted “Folk Album of the Year” by Melody Maker magazine. The album was never officially released on CD due to a breakdown in the relationship between Brady and the Mulligan label and remained out of print for many years, until finally re-mastered and released in 2009 on Brady’s own label, PeeBee Music.
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By his fourth solo album, this erstwhile folky had thoroughly sublimated his trad tendencies and replaced them with a pervasive modern soul groove and more than a hint of a Van Morrison influence. "Steal Your Heart Away" is one of the best compositions in his impressive songbook, a melody so strangely lovely and a lyric so earnestly commonplace that it will settle into your brain for days; "The Soul Commotion," on the other hand, is an embarrassing exercise in attempted soulfulness. Everything else falls somewhere in between, from the wonderful "Paradise Is Here" (later covered by both Cher and Tina Turner) to the pretty good "Eat the Peach" (with its very '80s synthesizer and its Uillean pipes) and the vaguely Spanish-sounding "The Game of Love." Recommended overall.