September 20, 1982 12:00 PM

Paul Brady

Brady, 32, is an Irish singer who has gone from Gaelic folk tunes to bitter urban-protest rock and created a sound that is musically interesting as well as disturbing. His is a working-class voice. The title is Irish slang for “tough luck,” and on “Crazy Dreams he sings, “You’re tired of dreamin’ someone else’s dreams/When they really don’t include you any longer.” He uses the edge in his voice and lyrics to telling effect. Despite the implicit anti-English sentiments, much of the material translates well to American big-city life, and it does have a Dylan-Springsteen quality of contagious unrest. Brady is unlikely to become a Top 40 regular on the basis of this album, but he does deserve an attentive audience.

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