For any songwriter worth their salt, it would be impossible to release an album as musically raw as “Victory”, the debut album from Irish singer-songwriter Cian Ducrot, and not put your heart and soul on the line for everyone to see. To put out an album like this and deliver a half-hearted lyrical performance would be doing his music a true disservice. Thankfully, the Irish songwriter has approached this album lyrically in the same soul-bearing way as he has musically.
From the opening strains of the title track, the Cork songwriter lays it all out as he reminisces “Ever since I was a little kid, I was never a favourite but I dreamt of growing up and maybe one day it changing.” A track which finds the Irishman in reflective mood, it sets the tone for a stunning album packed full of emotional, soul-searching moments like the title track.
Letting you in to the story of his life, “Victory” references moments and periods throughout Ducrot’s life wrapped up into fourteen powerful songs. From the self-explanatory “Step Dad” to the heart-breaking “Part Of Me”, where the Irishman pays tribute to his best friend who ended his own life, “Victory” is packed with unrestrained emotion.
Throughout the album the ease with which you can almost picture the situation inspiring the song is breathtaking. Furthermore, listening to Ducrot’s raw Irish accent lending itself to tracks like recent single ‘Everyone Who Falls In Love (Has Someone Else They’re Thinking Of)’, “I’ll Be Waiting” and “Hurt When You Hurt Me”, takes these stories and this album to another level.
Progressing through each track, Ducrot demonstrates an uncanny ability to tap into every emotion through his lyrics and storytelling. You could go as far as saying that in every aspect of his work, Ducrot is the complete package. His voice is mesmerizing, his stories are captivating and his music lends itself perfectly to the journey Ducrot takes you on over the course of this incredible album.
“Victory” is out now and you can order your copy from Cian’s Official Webstore.
5th – Bristol, O2 Academy
6th – Birmingham, O2 Institute
7th – Norwich, Waterfront
12th – Glasgow, St. Luke’s
13th – Newcastle, University
14th – Nottingham, Rock City
19th – London, Islington Assembly Hall
20th – Southampton, Engine Room
21st – Brighton, Concorde 2
26th – Liverpool, O2 Academy
27th – Manchester, Academy
4th – Sheffield, O2 Academy