Album Review of

Written by Joe Ross
April 22, 2021 - 1:01am EDT
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When Danny Burns released his 2019 debut album North Country, the Ireland-born folksinger had already built a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for his robust vocals and keen storytelling. On his six-song EP Hurricane, Burns’ 2021 sophomore project continues his successful approach of incorporating elements of country, rock and bluegrass into his resolute, durable Americana blend with a cadre of masterful guest artists. Leading off with “Trouble,” Burns’ rocking lyrical delivery is punctuated by hot riffs from Jerry Douglas’ Dobro and Eamon McLaughlin’s fiddle. “Many Moons Ago” imparts a more contemplative musical mood with banjo, string programming and Sarah Jarosz’s haunting vocals.   Burns’ rendition of Steve Earle’s “Mercenary Song” has an edgy outlaw country sound with accordion, and both that track and “Golden” have hints of Celtic colorings courtesy of Colin Farrell’s fiddle and whistle. Burns’ heart is on the “Frontline,” and that self-penned song offers some nice subtleties in contrast to the highly layered, compressed radio-friendly production throughout the album. Singing with Tim O’Brien, Danny Burns closes with “Hurricane,” a tumultuous romp that may explain why Burns once said his songwriting is informed by film and that he sees songs like movies. He crafts his stories with confidence and profound sensitivity. Also, his cinematic arrangements on Hurricane feature guest artists, instrumentation and vocals that provide a seamless mix of folk and roots-oriented pluck that should make a significant dent in the public consciousness.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)