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Reviews For Self-Titled Second Album

“Lyrically this is one of the best albums of the year” 11 out of 12 – 2 U I Bestow

Reviews For Dinosaur

VIDEO OF THE WEEK!

‘They are a 4 piece from Belfast playing Alt-Rock style of music with beautiful melodies and harmonious vocals between Philip and Walter make their music inherently beautiful and very easy listening’.

BBC’s @rigsy talks to John, Shelly & the Creatures @jsatcreatures about their new single FOOLS + new video shoot.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: http://bit.ly/cl4TVt

“Dinosaur is a perfect album for summer (if summer comes back).  It’s very dreamy and mellow and feels absolutely effortlessly charming. Every song on the album feels as if it was lovingly written and produced to absolute perfection. The only criticism I can think of for the album is that there aren’t enough songs on it”.

“Their single Long May You Reign was used in the Discover Ireland advertising campaign. The song is indicative of the sort of music the band creates; instantly recognisable, unique and downright charming“- Jane Ward


John, Shelly & The Creatures: Long May You Reign (Video)
“Northern Irish rockers John, Shelly & The Creatures may just hit the big time with this smooth soft rock song that is currently used to advertise tourism in Ireland”. 4 STARS



“This song [Long May You Reign] by John Shelly and the Creatures is just bloody lovely and is soundtracking a Northern Ireland tourist board Advert. There’s no better advertisement for the Belfast scene right now.”- NIALLER9

“John, Shelly & the Creatures are the best band to come out of Northern Ireland this year (and that includes Two Door Cinema Club). Their debut album Dinosaur has just been self-released, and is highly worth checking out. It’s a breezy pop album, with fantastic instrumentation throughout. The piano on ‘Cold War’ is glorious, and the vocals on opener ‘Blinded and Cross’ are hugely uplifting. The vocals on the whole album really soar, and the harmonies on some of the tracks are almost Byrdsian. Overall, it’s a very impressive debut, and a quite cohesive record. Impressive from start to finish, this is the beginning of something good.”

READ FULL REVIEW HERE:
http://swearimnotpaul.blogspot.com/2010/04/album-review-john-shelly-and-creatures.html

POP CULTURE MONSTER

“This album is full of driving songs: crank this up if you’re driving somewhere, windows down on a warm day and it will be pure bliss. The album reminds me of early Neil Young and is definitely going on the aul iPod this year. A sound for Summer 2010 for sure. The album flows through each of the tracks effortlessly, and before you know it it’s over and you’re hitting repeat. It’s difficult to pick the highlights of this album, but if I had to choose it would be Blinded + Cross, Killer, Heavyweight and Fools. I also must address the album art throughout. It is one of the best covers I’ve seen in a long time. Simple and fun, and the picture inside shows that the band is a little bit quirky, enough to be cool shall we say. A very solid debut from the Northerners, which definitely shows that they deserve the hype surrounding them, and are rising stars from the Irish music scene. They’re folksy and atmospheric, yet catchy and definitely here to stay. Oh yeah, they’re also the band who have the song on the Discover Ireland ads”.
FULL ALBUM REVIEW HERE;
http://popculturemonster.com/index.php/2010/john-shelly-and-the-creatures-dinosaur/

MUSIC REVIEW UNSIGNED

“A folky guitar intro is the perfect intro for whispering vocals. Add in a mandolin, slide guitar and is that a harmonica I hear? You’ve got a perfect sonic soundscape. Production is pristine. … it should be a hell of a year for this band.”
Nessa monaghan
FULL REVIEW HERE; http://musicreviewunsigned.com/13.html

“From the opening Blinded and Cross, we are introduced to some of the greatest vocals I’ve heard in recent times. Beauriful and soaring, lead singer Walter (just one name, much like Madonna) elevates the soft rock to shiver inducing heights at times.Here’s what some legends think of the band”- Darren Byrne

FULL REVIEW: http://www.culch.ie/2010/04/27/john-shelly-and-the-creatures/


LIMERICK EVENT GUIDE:

“You’ll be hearing plenty more from this foursome as their beautifully composed and tightly delivered music is guaranteed to see their profile rise higher and higher in 2010. Drawing inspiration from many genres, John Shelly & The Creatures have a knack for blending rock, folk, country and blues to create a sound that is easy listening but never flat, infectious without becoming obnoxious, sweet but not saccharine. Just plain lovely really. None of the band members are called John or Shelly, with Kev Carlisle on drums and percussion, Philip Watts d’Alton on guitar, keys and mandolin, Ger Gormley on bass, guitar and another mandolin and Walter rounding out the sound on guitar, keys, programming and drums, all members contrbute vocals creating a full sound that is still light and airy”.
FULL REVIEW HERE;
http://www.eightball.ie/2010/02/28/1205-record-reviews/

ADDITIONAL ONLINE MENTIONS:

Featured video on Patrick James Blog:
http://patrickjames.ie/blog/featured-video-–-“long-may-you-reign”-john-shelly-the-creatures/

On featured podcast ORGANICS
http://www.thegkshow.com/organicsmusic/

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