STREETWISE displays Baps dark dry humour with such lines as,'Blessed are the poor,well thats alright then'.TOO OLD FOR FAIRY TALES opens with a real country guitar sound.Its a very sad song musing on the struggle for fortune and fame and is it worth it?MILKY WAY is co-written with veteran fellow Belfast troubadour Van Morrison and an excellent song it is too.A Milky Way is a popular chocolate bar in England and this is a song you can hear between meals without ruining your appetite! There is a lovely Irish folky instrumental break in the middle of this song.LOVERMAN is a nice laid back song with some dreamy backing vocals by Alison Limerick amongst others. FIREWORKS is much more upbeat with a kind of a West Indian feel to it and some nice accordian and guitar,very nice for a summers evening.ON THE MIGHTY OCEAN ALCOHOL features the legend that is Shane Macgowan,Shanes contribution is small but he sounds great,his voice almost Tom Waits in its growliness! THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS has more witty lines from Bap such as,'If money could talk it would say goodbye'.The album ends with a haunting wistful sad song that only the Irish can write.THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.'And now i'm so far away,
and i'm full of wine,
i tell them theres no country
as beautiful as mine'.
On the liner notes i see that a lot of the album was recorded at Wool Hall Studio's which is only 4 miles away from where i am writing this review right now.Bap also thanks Van without whom the album wouldn't exist.That shows what a nice person Van is under his gruff exterior.This album is highly recommended.