In 2002, Pugwash released second album Almanac. The recording of Pugwash's third album Jollity began after Walsh contacted Dave Gregory of XTC through a friend to ask Gregory to write a string arrangement for a song called "A Rose in a Garden of Weeds". Impressed with the demos Walsh sent him, Gregory readily agreed.
The album opens with a true bit of jollity, the amiable and bouncy single, "It's Nice to Be Nice. The Brian Wilson influence comes through loud and clear, a bubbly Beach Boys bassline percolating beneath simple lyrics that state the obvious: "It's nice to be nice, as my mama once said, It's good to be good and it's fun to be fun". While it's catchy and fun, the real album begins with the next track. All told, Jollity is a rich compendium of aural excellence that continues the musical legacy being built by Walsh as Pugwash. These eleven compositions are gorgeously arranged and meticulously executed, weaving layers of musical nuance into delicately infectious ballads of love and reflection.
Jollity Album Cover Art. Pugwash.
Jollity is the third studio album by Irish pop band Pugwash. It was released in Ireland by 1969 Records on 23 September 2005 and in Australia by Karmic Hit later the same year. It was released in the UK on 31 October 2006. Two singles were released from the album: "It's Nice to Be Nice" and "This Could Be Good".
The album to be taken out of the Golden Vault for reappraisal this week is ‘Jollity ‘ by Dublin’s Pugwash. The general public may only be mildly aware of Jeff Lynne endorsed Pugwash and the songs of Thomas Walsh. Commercial success has always proved elusive for the Drimnagh man and his band. All of the bad/ but this could be good Walsh sings on the album’s power-pop centre-piece This Could Be Good and indeed that is what he does best. He takes all the want, the hurt, joy and failure in life and packages it wonderfully in sound and words. There are so many levels to ‘Jollity’ – the musicianship, the lyrics and the musical dynamic. It never tires or becomes repetitive.
|1||It's Nice To Be Nice||3:25|
|3||A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds||3:21|
|4||I Want You Back In My Life (For Mam)||4:41|
|5||This Could Be Good||3:17|
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