MARK MULCAHY- The Possum in the Driveway

Album: The Possum in the Driveway

Artist: Mark Mulcahy

Label: Mezzotint

Release Date: April 16, 2017

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BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

Mark Mulcahy’s resume might not have qualified him for entry into the big leagues — not yet anyway — but his work with the band Miracle Legion, along with his side project, Polaris (essentially the house band for an obscure television series called “The Adventures of Peter & Pete”) do affirm the fact that he is indeed a credible pop pro whose artistic indulgence has reaped some remarkable results. That skill has also been ably demonstrated on a series of solo albums, of which Smilesunset (2001), In Pursuit of Your Happiness (2005) and Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You offer the most shining examples of his remarkable wit and mesmerizing melodic prowess. It was a sound celebrated on an unlikely tribute album in 2009, Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, an homage that was well deserved.

Happily then, The Possum in the Driveway lives up to those singularly high standards. A slightly sardonic set, it starts out with a measured amount of reserve but quickly picks up the pace three songs in. “Catching Mice” and “Hollywood Never Forgives” are unabashedly perky and the considered pace of “Catching Mice” finds Mulcahy’s tongue planted firmly in cheek. “Jimmy” is the brightest of the bunch, and if the sound is kaleidoscopic at times, it adds enough edge and spontaneity to keep listeners enthralled. As always, Mulcahy’s pastoral pop stirs up a delightful brew, both easily accessible and undeniably irrepressible all at the same time.

DOWNLOAD: “Jimmy,” “Catching Mice,” “Hollywood Never Forgives”

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