Review: Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You
Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You (Mezzotint, 2013)
Mark Mulcahy is best described as a Great American Songwriter and on his latest contribution to the craft, the exuberant Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You, Mulcahy makes a strong case for adding something like Great American Singer to his list of credentials. Not that Mulcahy’s vocal chops have ever been in question. After all, it’s well-known that Mulcahy was a major influence on the vocal development of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but on Dear Mark J… Mulcahy’s vocals absolutely pop – it feels like he’s singing for his life and boy is it exhilarating to listen to.
As for the songcraft, Mulcahy has never been more creative and playful, but nor has he been as direct and straightforward in his infrequent solo recordings.
Interestingly, decades into a lengthy career that has seen its fair share of dramatic ups and disastrous downs (initial success followed by a major label trainwreck, soundtracking Nickelodian’s “The Adventures of Pete & Pete”, the untimely death of his wife), Mulcahy seems to be hitting a completely new stride; on Dear Mark J… he feels like a man reborn, or perhaps re-forged, bursting with positivity and creative energy.
Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You can be easily summed-up in two words: fucking refreshing.
For fans of Wilco, Polaris, Ben Folds