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Hinterland - 1990 Kissing The Roof Of Heaven

ARTIST: Hinterland
ALBUM: Kissing The Roof Of Heaven
LABEL: Island
SERIAL: 422-842 273-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Donal Coghlan - vocals, keyboards, bass * Gerry Leonard - guitar, programming

Additional Musicians: Wayne P. Sheeny - drums, percussion * Leslie Mooney - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dark Hill * 02 Handle Me * 03 Reporter * 04 Stanley's Minutes * 05 God's Reverb * 06 Galway Bay * 07 Dive The Deepest * 08 The Artist * 09 Aeroplanes * 10 Desert Boots * 11 Senior Romantics

Like most of us, I have a long list of favourite albums that should have burned-up the charts but for whatever reason - bad timing, record company indifference or internal issues, went largely unnoticed. Hinterland's 'Kissing The Roof Of Heaven' is one of those releases. An Irish duo who in an unusual set of circumstances formed in Denmark in 1987; apparently there was quite a bit of buzz surrounding their signing to Chris Blackwell's Island Records. Sadly record sales were disappointing despite extensive roadwork in Ireland, the UK and Europe as well as a promotional tour of the U.S. Dropped by the label, the band put out a 4 track Indie in 1992 and demoed for a second album but fizzled out in 1994.

The Songs
The Hinterland sound can be found in the fields of fire that was the 80s 'big music' movement. Panoramic pop with windswept Celtic connections typified by U2, Simple Minds, Big Country and Silent Running, peppered with the sophisto-pop delicacies of The Blue Nile and the colourful experimentation of Talk Talk; this is music brimming with ideas, astonishing at times but requiring several listens to fully appreciate. Guitarist Gerry Leonard is rightfully credited for giving 'Kissing The Roof Of Heaven' its moody ambient textures with his unique touch and while opener and single 'Dark Hill' might recall a lightweight U2, the comparison quickly falls away with spellbinder 'Stanley's Minutes' and the sweeping, deeply Irish grandeur of 'Galway Bay'. A second single, The Waterboys influenced 'Desert Boots' never charted.

In Summary
Leonard went on to become a top sessionist as well as David Bowie's 'go to' guitarist for several albums, including this year's superb 'The Next Day'. Lead vocalist Donal Coghlan left the music business and suffers from Multiple Sclerosis which was in remission during his Hinterland days.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 28 2013 22:11:32
Nice album cover. Very windswept and exotic, as Billy Connolly used to say.. lol!
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