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"...they could learn from the sense of individual style evident on the new CD from PAINTING BY NUMBERS, all of whose songs have been penned by Ronan McCann, who also happens to be a damn fine singer. "Over And Out" breezes along merrily with a jangly guitar, decent harmonies and a fine hook line. The moody "Race To Last" has an attractive arrangement that keeps your attention and boasts a terrific vocal performance from McCann. "I Know" hangs together splendidly and scores with a very appealing arrangement and a sound reminiscent of Crowded House. Very promising indeed"

- JACKIE HAYDEN


"excellent"

- JIM MORRISH


"whether it's spiralling guitars, excellent harmonies, or yearning balladry that are required McCann and co. never stray from their quest for carefully crafted melodies...4 out of 5"


- UNKNOWN


"a remarkable and accomplished debut"


- AOIFE BARRY


"PAINTING BY NUMBERS have produced a quality E.P...by comparison with most debuts this is a clear winner"

- UNKNOWN


"There is a kernel of drama here that should not be smothered"

- DON O'MAHONY


"The standout track for this reviewer is the centrepiece song "I Know". There's a real sense of urgency to this track with the crunchy guitars underpinning a passionate vocal and soaring harmonies...It's often the case that bands can hammer out rockers but come unstuck when faced with the dynamics of the ballad. Not so here, as the band manage to make the slower numbers ring true with a sense of genuine emotion....A very solid and engaging piece of work."

- EMMET O'BRIEN


"[PAINTING BY NUMBER's] melodic and artful tunes have been the subject of much critical acclaim lately. From the moment they're seen on stage, its clear that this band is all about the music...The main appeal of Painting By Numbers is the obvious care and thought that has been put in to every song. The intricate chord changes and infectious vocals have a hint of the Editors in there. Theres no doubt that Ronan McCann is one of the best singers on the Irish scene at the moment, his voice effortlessly gliding through the songs. The debut of new song "Logic" represents the evolution of Painting By Numbers. Its harder, edgier, and the bass line is more harsh and unforgiving. It's also damn good! This new approach suits the band and long may it continue. Their encore consisted of a Posies cover, which is pulled off with zeal... Its obvious after tonight that Painting By Numbers are on the right track to becoming a steady favourite of the serious music press..."
- LIVE REVIEW


Discography

CARRIED BY WAVES - "5 Video DVD" (Feb 2011)

CARRIED BY WAVES - "E.P. 01" (May 2011)

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