With bands like Fontaines DC and The Murder Capital flying the flag for Irish music, it’s a timely reissue for this 1992 sophomore effort from this Dublin quartet, often cited as the greatest album to emerge from the Emerald Isle.
The Dublin quartet run through the gamut of emotions, from barbed opener ‘Twinkle’,a love song, of sorts – “She’s the air I breathe” – while ‘When We Were Young’ evokes the yearning storytelling of Van Morrison and the Pogues.
Other highlights include the brooding ‘We Don’t Need Nobody Else’ and harrowing closer, the previously ‘hidden’ ‘A Natural’.
It may be too late for Whipping Boy to hit the heights of their peers an and achieve the success that eluded them more than 25 years ago, but this re-release should go some way to seeing that justice is done.
‘Heartworm’ is available now. A version of this article originally appeared in the Blackpool Gazette.