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"This is an album drenched in atmospheres and a sense of place.'
'A glorious, emotional, physical thing.'
'An album of warm Celtic, World Fusion, gentle trip hop lite and
celebrated Irish wit.'
'Goulding has created his own ambient soundscape, one that pulses
and resounds in aural delights and images, truly unique.'
Irish Examiner, August 23, 2000
'Midnight Fry is much like the landscape of West Cork: giddy with
shadows and swept with glorious, wildly coloured flourishes of light'
Marc O' Sullivan
'Limerick Leader', July 29th, 2000
'Midnight Fry', the new album from Tim Goulding is a beautiful mixture
of melodic songs, Celtic influences and digital exploration..........Great
vocals, creative music crafted by musicians who obviously love performing
their undoubted talent.
'In Dublin', August. 10, 2000
"Tim Goulding retains the ability to surprise and enthrall.......'Midnight
Fry' is the work of a maverick who has decided to ignore the dictates
of fashion and go his own way " Hot Press "Midnight Fry
is clearly a labour of love with over thirty musicians helping to
create a mix of styles.
'Be Glad', Vol. 17, Winter 2000
This is certainly Tim G in crossover mode, blending the skittish
rythms of the contemporary dance scene with mellower sounds from
the world of Roots. And very capably, too. The album's showpiece
is the 8 and a half minute "O-Mane", a rich ratatouille
of dance grooves, jangly Irish folk, Miles Davis interludes, ethnic
drum talk and the sound of falling water.
'fROOTS' Critics Choices of 2000, February. 2001
"With Midnight Fry you'd swear Tim Goulding (Doctor Strangely
Strange) got off the train marked 'Beck' for such is its foxy mix
of folk, blues and ambient hysteria set amidst cool vocals. 'John
remember Dr. Strangely Strange? That "oddly normal" bunch
of progressive folksters from the late 60s who recorded a couple
of albums, vanished off to remote parts (Tim himself became a painter)
then (sort of) re-formed in recent years, with a well-received 1997
comeback album Alternative Medicine. Well, the good Doctor's vocalist/whistler/keyboardist
here serves up a veritable feast of a solo album (the title aptly
heralds a session musician's culinary delight). Assisted by an army
of collaborators - including Jimmy Bergin, Mary Greene, Barnes Goulding,
the remaining Strangelies, others too numerous to even hint at -
and a multitude of samples from anywhichwhere, this is a really
scintillating mix of all manner of folk and world influences that
makes the tag "an Irish Peter Gabriel" seem merely a limp
soundbite. Celtic folk meets trip hop, jazz, dance, ska, dub, lazy
blues…. Heard it all before? Well you ain't. Maybe it's not
pumping beats as fierce as Martyn Bennett, but there's the same
cutting-edge thoughtful wildness about much of the music here, despite
some particularly cool (and controlled) vocal work. The sense of
place (in this case the remote Beara peninsula in West Cork) evoked
by the distinctive aural atmosphere of the oft-remixed recording
is quite tangible, particularly on cuts like Eagle Hill and Piece
Of Cod (an unrecorded Strangelies song which yea, certainly passeth
all understanding!), while Tim's deep respect for both traditional
acoustic music and the digital revolution is well conveyed. Riding
High may initially sound like Donovan covering Christy Moore, but
its apparent simplicity is deceptive; the wistful Father's Song
proves more direct in its simple and universal appeal. Tim's whistle
playing adds something really special to the aforementioned Cod
and brightens the otherwise relatively orthodox reggae groove of
The Miracle, while the cheesy 80s pop-synth bounce of the "bonus
track" Toast Your Own transmutes quite effortlessly into Bollywood
klutz before slinking away. Full of incidental delights, this album
blends thoughtful subtlety with invigorating and inventive spontaneity,
and it's definitely one to grow into.