Four years since his all covers album Rocky Road paying homage to his influences , Dublin's own Damien Dempsey returns with the critically acclaimed, Allmighty Love. The wait seems to be worthwhile for 'Damo' as the album was recently shortlisted for the Meteor Choice Prize 2012.
In a recent interview with Brian Boyd of The Ticket, Dempsey declared that after an extended period of writers' block he initially attempted to write a 'bunch of upbeat festival songs that people could jump around to'. Dempsey dismissed this direction and instead opted for sound that he is perhaps best known for. 'I can only write about things that I feel strongly about, subjects and stories that move me. I feel I do have a connection with audiences thanks to the lyrics and what they say and trying to sacrifice that for a new sound just wouldn't be possible for me as a songwriter.' Dempsey explained.
Since releasing his debut album, They Don't Teach This Shit in School in 2000, Dempsey has won several Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His Platinum selling albums have seen him gain admiration from the likes of U2, Morrissey and Bob Dylan. 2012's Allmighty Love is Dempsey's sixth studio album.