Newfoundland Celtic folk rockers Great Big Sea have been together for 17 years and they still record albums like when their were young lads. Now matter what has being played on the radio stations over the course of their time together as a band they have stuck to playing and recording the music of their home province and that of their ancestry (Irish). Having built up quite a following over their years of hard and relentless touring Great Big Sea are able to record the type of music they love and are best at.
Recorded in bits and pieces and taking them 6 months, "Safe Upon the Shore" contains the usual type of Celtic pop music that we have come to expect from the band. Since their first albums the band has been meandering towards a more pop sound and for the most part they have been successful.
Lyrically it is a mature piece of work as it lends us some insight into the lives of these men who have learned to balance their family lives and lives in the music industry. On the album they have collaborated with the likes of Randy Bachman, Joel Plaskett, Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos), and even Russell Crowe. "Nothing But a Song", "Yankee Sailor", "Road to Ruin", and a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Gallows Pole" are the strongest tracks on the album.
No new ground is broken here, but it is a typical and solid outing from these talented musicians.