1. Ease Up On Me Dear
3. Charming Hands
4. Easy Talk
5. Everywhere Out There
6. Brilliant Tease
7. Not Yours
8. This Love
10. The K.V.T.Song (Killeen's Village Tavern)
Click on underlined titles to see Louise perform them on You Tube, great stuff!
are delighted to announce our release of this brilliant CD.
"On Brilliant Tease she tells her story with great honesty, great songs and a sweet production". The Irish World
Louise Killeen is a singer-songwriter from Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. Having first caught the public's eye with her weekly appearances on RTF's You're a Star in 2005, Louise quickly gained a reputation as a talented songwriter with something different to offer. Now it's finally here, the album you didn't know you'd been waiting for. Bold, fresh, adventurous and chock-full of laid-bare lyrics, Louise Killeen's Brilliant Tease is just the tonic for bored ears. Unflinchingly honest about herself in a way so many yellow pack songwriters aren't, Louise Killeen is surely a voice for her generation.
is music to make you sit up and listen, music to tickle your taste buds, music
to reaffirm your belief in the artistry of great songwriters. You might even
call it music to watch girls by.
A truly unique artist, Louise Killeen has torn up the rule book with "Brilliant Tease". Her collection of first-class songs is a refreshing mix of intimacy and quirky fun.
from a small town in the Midlands of Ireland, Louise Killeen has managed to
stamp her identity and roots all over her work while still resonating with audiences
It's difficult to nail down this magic genre. Suffice to say, if folk music and pop music got together and produced a love child, they'd have named it Brilliant Tease.
with the air of a seasoned journeywoman who has served her apprenticeship, Louise
Killeen's influences include icons such as James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel.
But make no mistake; Brilliant Tease is no homage to anything that has gone before, ploughing her own furrow it's bright and ballsy, and the best thing you'll hear in 2012.
With two prestigious song-writing contest victories in the bag, Louise Killeen has already proven that her cutting-edge brand is one that strikes a chord and Brilliant Tease is surely her coming-of-age album, not a minute too soon for talent-starved music lovers everywhere.
take note, a new talent is about to be unleashed on the world and it's utterly
"Louise has a unique style and sings her own original material with a very melodic and a great voice." - Mary Black
"Louise Killeen is a unique Irish woman. She has a unique story to tell. On Brilliant Tease she tells her story with great honesty, great songs and a sweet production. It is more brilliant than tease, because it delivers." - Luka Bloom
"It seems like only yesterday that Louise came to me for her first guitar lesson. It's great to see how much someone from my own village has achieved musically. She's one of a kind." -
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Produced by Ciaran Byrne & Bill Shanley, in the Cauldron Studio, Dublin. Engineered and mastered by Ciaran Byrne.
Guitars: Bill Shanley & Louise Killeen
Drums & Percussion: Danny Byrt
Piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes, Wurlitzer: Justin Carroll
Electric & Double Bass: James Blennerhassett
Brass & Strings: Gavin Murphy
Right hand man: Michael Manning
Thanks for all the hard work guys.
All tracks written by Louise Killeen
Sat April18th Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Irish Music Magazine Sept 2012
So those reality song competitions can produce the goods. Louise Killeen apparently contested You're A Star back in 2005 and based on this new CD of eleven self penned tracks it almost makes me sorry I did not view.
Louise from Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly defies categorisation based on this collection. One minute I am thinking Lobo, next I compare her to Clifford T Ward or even Fivepenny Piece (showing my age) and then I settle for just thinking this is her and she has a broad field of influences that are either conscious or unconscious.
She hops from the soulful to a lovely bouncy Charming Hands that lifts the spirits immediately. I love her use of that phrase "risk it for a biscuit". In fact her lyrics have that excellent "true to life" feel rather than the usual "high faluting" phrasing so often used especially by new writers.
All the tracks without exception show a confident and very talented writer. But her voice makes her an even greater phenomenon. She is one of the easiest to listen to artistes I have heard in a long while and I would like to hear her sing a full concert.
Everywhere Out There is a lovely slow song filled with emotions and again using wonderful phrasing betraying a widely read artiste who has listened closely to the greatest singers and writers.
The title track
is more upbeat again and sounds so realistic in its observations the listener
feels as if they know the subject - Katie. Sadly Killeen provides us with the
words on the insert but not the background to the songs.
The KVT Song is a documentary song about what one surmises is her home tavern and if so would be a great soundtrack if the pub takes on television advertising.
She ends the album
with Starstruck and I am sure many of her listeners will feel just that after
this CD. Let's look forward to many more. Nicky
R2 Magazine ***
Most promotional albums are fairly minimal affairs. If you're lucky you'll get a decent press release; if not there's always the Internet. Louise Killeen's album comes in a paperback-sized cover with a similarly shaped booklet and all the information you might need. Whatever the purchaser gets, I'm not going to swap.
Louise has been big in her native Ireland for about six years. She is open about her identity as a gay woman and that's obvious from her lyrics-this is who she is and this is what she sings about. She's backed by a small band that includes producer Bill Shanley, on guitar, and bassist James Blennerhassett.
The songs are fresh and generally upbeat even when they are confessional. 'Ease Up On Me Dear' is autobiographical and defiantly explicit while 'Coalmines' deals with pain and loss in a way that tries to put mistakes behind her while accepting the inevitability of repeating them. All that in two verses and a chorus!
I can't tell if
Louise is setting herself up as a role model but Brilliant Tease will certainly
be seen that way. And if you're not part of that demographic, don't worry-it's
still a fine album. Dai Jeffries
The well-appointed press release and fulsome, glossy accompanying booklet augurs well for this record, which would seem to mark the debut on disc for this accomplished young singer-songwriter from Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly. But it's kindof touted as her "coming-of-age album" so it's hard to believe it's a debut, since to a large extent Louise's reputation precedes her, at least in Ireland, for she first caught the public's eye with weekly appearances on RTF's You're A Star show as long ago as 2005, since when she has chalked up two prestigious songwriting contest victories.
Well yes, on the evidence of this 32-minute offering, Louise definitely has a talent for songwriting - and it's songwriting of the upfront, refreshingly candid and laid-bare and often daringly no-holds-barred variety, which can be notoriously difficult to bring off but which Louise by and large manages with a generous helping of quirky wit.
But the problem with Brilliant Tease is that I can't in all honesty endorse the extravagant claims made for Louise - the music doesn't exactly "make you sit up and listen", and her performing style, while suitably melodic and pleasingly sung, rather skates over the power of the lyrics, underplaying their import to an often infuriating degree. It's all too bright and breezy, even on the heart-rending Not Yours and the would-be-touching power ballad Everywhere Out There.
The basic demeanour and character of Louise's music, as a kind of love-child of folk and pop, harks back to the late-60s Denny & Strawbs (Ease Up On Me Dear), Judy Dyble (Coalmines) or the deceptively easygoing early-70s s/s like James Taylor (This Love). It's all seriously radio-friendly, entirely likeable and listenable, but the companionable arrangements (modest gentle electric and acoustic guitars, organ, piano, soft rhythm section), though impossible to fault, seem altogether too tasteful (even polite) for the intended cutting-edge of Louise's lyrics. David Kidman March 2012
The Irish World Newspaper
A UNQUE KIND OF ARTST: LOUISE KILLEEN'S BRILLIANT TEASE PROVES AN UNEXPECTED DELIGHT
Louise Killeen, a singer-songwriter from Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, first caught the public's attention back in 2005, with weekly appearances in RTE series You're a Star, when it became obvious she was a unique performer offering something a little different to the norm.
Her new album Brilliant Tease, produced by Ciaran Byrne & Bill Shanley in Dublin's Cauldron Studio, confirms that talent with its fresh, adventurous, quirky spirit and honest, punchy lyrics - songs as full of intimacy as they are fun. Joining Louise (guitar) on 'Brilliant Tease' are Bill Shanley (guitar) Danny Byrt (drums, percussion) Justin Carroll (piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes, Wurlitzer) James Blennerhasset (electric and double bass) and Gavin Murphy (brass, strings).
Killeen grew up as a gay woman in a small town in Ireland, and is wonderfully open about her sexuality. Unflinching in how much her songs have her heart on their sleeve, this lady is one of those who it's not an exaggeration to call an 'artist's artist'. Her Midlands roots can be heard all over her work, yet this album is not at all colloquial in reach. It's brutally honest, and it's utterly enthralling.
An intoxicating and confident blend of folk and pop, it's not a surprise to hear her influences are strong, seasoned icons such as James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel - though Brilliant Tease is very much forging its own path.
Luka Bloom said of her, "Louise Killeen is a unique Irish woman. She has a unique story to tell. On Brilliant Tease she tells her story with great honesty, great songs and a sweet production. It is more brilliant than tease, because it delivers."
With two prestigious song-writing contest victories to her credit, Louise Killeen has already proven that her cutting-edge sound strikes a chord with people - and this brilliantly unique, coming-of-age album from one lady's distinctive world-view should prove a refreshing addition to the music-lover's collection.
You owe it to yourself to check this woman's music out - in a year or two you can lay claim to discovering Killeen before the rest of the world did! Shelley Marsden.
Folk Words Web Site (February 13, 2012)
- accomplished song writing from Louise Killeen
Absorb these songs as they wash over you. Relax while they pull you into the warm velvet Louise Killeenembrace of pure, ecstatic, accomplished song writing. Thats whats the tempting embrace of Brilliant Tease from Louise Killeen offers the listener. Theres deep emotion, brutal honesty, eternal sanguinity and enthralling narrative encased in these alluring songs. Each one will haul you into Louises worldview of life and youre hooked.
From the instinctive, primeval emotion of Ease up on me dear to the inspired, penetrating lyrics of Coalmines And weve been down, down together in the coal mines, Black from the lies that we let in Louise demonstrates her lyrical skill. Theres a bouncy, energetic feel to Easy Talk, which again cuts a clear path with its incisive lyric, while Everywhere out there displays a more wide ranging and sweeping style, the words still remain as sharp as ever. The eponymous Brilliant Tease is another outing for Louises expressive wordsmith quality (it prompted multiple hits on the replay button) well worth listening to again and again. The killer track, exceptional for its ability to reflect poignant distress This Love exposes a palpable sadness beware this song is melancholy in physical form.
Joining Louise (guitar) on Brilliant Tease are Bill Shanley (guitar) Danny Byrt (drums, percussion) Justin Carroll (piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes, Wurlitzer) James Blennerhasset (electric and double bass) and Gavin Murphy (brass, strings).
love, optimism, reflection and resilience wrapped around Louises songs.
Nothing added thats not required and nothing removed to reduce the passion.
This album has the wings to fly just watch it soar. You will find 'Brilliant
Tease' on Louises web site or Reverbnation. Tim
The Irish Post 18.02.12
LOUISE KILLEEN is a singer/songwriter from the small town of Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly and Brilliant Tease is her terrific debut album. It is easy to see why she has won two prestigious
And in a business
that can appear sometimes to be awash with mediocre singer/songwriters Louise's
wonderful refreshing lyrics and catchy melodies stand out like a beacon.
Her influences are cited as artists such as James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel and she has developed that classy easy but powerful vocal delivery that makes you listen to the words.
Growing up as a gay woman in a small Irish town, Louise is totally honest about her sexuality and her album is full of laid-bare lyrics that can alternate between fun and intimacy but always set to strong melody tastefully played by an excellent bunch of musicians. Recorded in Dublin and produced by Ciaran Byrne and Bill Shanley this is an album that will delight her existing fans but should also, if there is any justice, help establish her as a major artist.
Some tracks are
already becoming radio favourites but my own personal choice would be Coalmines.
This track has a gorgeous feel and is just a beautiful song of any genre. .
Fatea Web Site
"Brilliant Tease" is the new album by Irish singer/songwriter Louise Killeen. Louise is well-known in Ireland, having appeared regularly on RTE's "You're A Star " programme. She has also won two national songwriting competitions and her talent is obvious from the songs on this album.
She pulls no punches in her lyrics. In the opening song "Ease Up On Me" she deals candidly with her sexuality which "Created such a scandal that my parents couldn't handle " in her "One track town " where "Johnny's out of luck, I've started checking out his sister".
The majority of the songs are catchy, radio-friendly numbers. The lyrics are witty and interesting. "Charming Hands" for example, contains the immortal line " If you'll risk it for a biscuit, so will I ". "Easy Talk" has a reggae-ish backbeat and a catchy infectious chorus . The backing band play tastefully and understatedly, with some nice organ ,acoustic and electric guitar work.
Not all the songs are up-tempo. "Everywhere Out There" is a slow ballad which builds slowly to a string -enhanced ending and "Not Yours" is an emotional break-up song, with obviously heartfelt lyrics. The album closes with a humorous vignette about life at the local pub "KVT Song (Killeen's Village Tavern)".
It is clear that
Louise Killeen is a talented songwriter who is not afraid to take risks with
her lyrics. This is an extremely listenable album. If I had to make one minor
criticism, I would say that the musical setting for her songs is, perhaps, a
little too polite and restrained. Peter Cowley
RADIO WDCB Chicago
Louise Killeen has a wonderful voice. It is warm and immediately accessible. Open. Honest. What a wonderful talent! This is a major star in the making and we want to follow this young lady closely. Wow!
LOUISE KILLEEN AND SUCH A BRILLIANT TEASE
Louise Killen hits the right note! Rarely but from time to time, a CD lands on my desk that isnt resigned to the coffee mat or coaster application.
I received such a CD from Louise Killeen. She was new to me but as always, I played it, expecting the usual mix of mediocrity which seems to be acceptable nowadays and sadly has become the norm. It dominates much of our viewing and listening.
However, the first track Ease Up On Me Dear went by and I thought not bad at all. Im going to listen to more. By the time I reached track 3 which I thought was called risk it for a biscuit but that turned out to have the improved title of Charming Hands, I was beginning to get hooked. I played it twice more before I continued with the rest of the tracks.
Louise is from County Offaly in Southern Ireland and she is awfully good! Most of the tracks are outrageously catchy and everyone will have a particular favorite. Our Katie, This Love, Everywhere Out There, Easy Talk they grew on me like a beard on Santa Claus.
Brilliant Tease is not perhaps the best produced album ever but most of the arrangements are very good and classy. The lyrics are exceptional and it has the feel good factor. Although there is some melancholy sadness in some of the words, the mood is always optimistic and the album left me feeling a bit better with the world. And anything that can do that in these miserable times has to be a positive.
I understand Louise Killeen has won a couple of songwriting competitions and Im not surprised. She is a wonderful talent. I have not had the privilege of seeing Louise play live but that day hopefully wont be far away. Every radio station should be playing her material, especially the incredibly radio friendly Charming Hands which stands up against anything else out there.
If you get a chance, listen to the BRILLIANT TEASE and sit back and bathe in the talent of Louise Killeen.