08/01/2016 No Depression, Article , 'Mark O'Connor Comes Home with the O'Connor Band'

There are some albums that are so sonically gorgeous, they sound as if the music has arrived from another plane; the players are so connected to each other, weaving their own parts so tightly together, the sound encloses you in its warmth and beauty. With music like this, the tightness of the band is palpable: you can feel the players’ connections to one another coming through the speakers in the music itself.

Very few bands can achieve this sense of playing-as-one so completely, so effortlessly that the entire force of the music – the vocals and every instrument – settles into us physically and emotionally as we listen. But Coming Home, the debut album by the O’Connor Band – the family band led by Mark O’Connor – is one of those albums.