Praise for "Overhead the Stars":
"Doran’s appealing voice, which can hit an impressively high register, lies between Damien Rice and Glen Hansard. His songwriting approach is not dissimilar either. With ‘Falling Trees’, the album’s memorable closer, a particular highlight, this is an impressive outing"
- Colm O'Hare, Hotpress Magazine, Ireland.
"It’s a beautiful, varied, incredibly written and artistic collection of songs."
- Claire Kane, Golden Plec Blog.
"Showcases a voice located somewhere on the spectrum between David Gray and Ray Lamontagne"
- Shane Leahy, MusicReviewUnsigned.com
"Note that Peter Doran has a great future and will stay in the musical landscape of this decade"
-Rootstime.be, feb. 2013
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Peter Doran - Sleepless Street“and I am content oh yeah, to sit back and watch you hunt and from a distance gather sketches of my love” This chorus sends a chill through me - a sign of great vocals, lyrics and music. Peter writes real and deep lyrics. There is no cheap attempt at rhyme here. When you listen to Hunter's Sketches you will understand what I mean when I write that Peter spent time on his lyrics, he is a poet and takes us on a journey and fantasy. Peter's vocals are solid, with a mix of rugged and smooth, which you do not get very often. The opening line, 'I'm living in a sketched out version of my future' is great because I think you, like me, can relate to that. I love an artist who speaks to me. Sacred Place is a lot softer than Hunter's Sketches but it fits into the package. There is no sudden change that can be unwelcome. Peter displays his mix of rugged, smooth and fragile vocals in Sacred Place very well. Yes, Peter's beautiful lyrics have hooked me but I love words, stories and imagery, which he creates just perfectly. “and you were leaning into shafts of sunlight, you were lit up like a real life saint, you were glowing like a holy icon in a sacred place” Have you ever read anything so beautiful? You need to hear Peter singing these lines because it is just magical. He truly is a poet. When he ends Sacred Place, there is an air of sadness in his voice. He sounds like he is close to tears. It is almost like regret, as if he is remembering a time when he was in love. I actually felt a little sad and fell deep into thought about my own past love that I lost. The music is just perfect for setting that mood. Peter is a natural artist. A simply perfect song and you must listen to it. Eternity is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever had the pleasure to hear. Peter's voice hits the mark yet again. His voice is certainly designed for this type of song. That rugged, smooth and fragile air of sadness is back and it is exquisite. Yes, Eternity sent many chills over me. The lyrics are just stunning. The music is so peaceful and at a gorgeous and rich pace. Eternity is the type of song you would listen to with some candles lit, the fire keeping you warm and a nice glass of wine on a December evening when you are taking time out just to be alone and at peace. Peter's vocals and music would add to that peace rather than spoil it. After listening to Eternity many times, I am so relaxed I hardly know what else to write other than this song is perfection itself. Abstract Man is very vocally dominant and is all about Peter's voice, which is definitely a joy to hear. When the music does pick up and kick in it sits perfectly with the rugged but slightly fragile sound of Peter. Yes, I am writing the same thing as I have for the others but then Sleepless Street follows a set pattern and is a cohesive package. Moan and Complain is a beautiful piano piece. Peter manages to make a good song using just his vocal skills and a piano. Pure and rare talent. Sleepless Street is winding down to its conclusion and I personally think that it is clever how the music represents that. I am expecting the final track to be very slow and dreamy. Sleepless Street is the final track and brings the album to a quiet and beautiful end. Yes, it is both slow and dreamy. Peter's voice is very fragile and soft in this track. The lyrics are everything in Sleepless Street and not to listen to every word is a crime. Peter is telling you a story and taking you on a journey with him. I fell into the world of Alison (the character from the song); I got chills over me and felt a little sad about her adventure. You will hear about nail-biters, mathematicians, monsters and wild-eyed lovers. I cannot think of another artist who writes lyrics like Peter Doran. The spirits of those great Irish poets must be with Peter when he creates. Sleepless Street is 7:31 long but for me that is still not long enough. I was sad to hear Sleepless Street end and to have to return to reality. Forget that, I just hit play and returned to the magical world of Peter Doran. Worst Album to Review Okay, so why did I state Sleepless Street is the worst album to review. Simply because when you are listening to this great musical/poetic creation the last thing you want to do is think about writing or reviewing it. All you want to do is kick back and enjoy the wonderful world that is Peter Doran's magical creation. Several times, I found myself drifting off and forgetting that I was actually working on a review. No other album has been this tough to review. Sleepless Street is more than just a musical creation. It is a journey, fantasy, emotion, poetry and simply superb. I have listened to many good albums but Sleepless Street is beyond that. I add few albums to my personal collection but Sleepless Street and the deep and poetic world of Peter Doran will be staying with me. The music of Sleepless Street is so crisp, smooth and professionally created. I cannot find fault with one track and all are a joy to hear. Peter's vocals are a great solid mix of rugged, smooth, fragile, deep and heavily emotional. Peter is clearly an artistic, emotional and deep talent. He makes every song different, exciting and a pleasure to hear. Peter feels and means every word he utters. Peter contacted me and asked if I would review Sleepless Street, well, I am pleased and honoured that he did because this has been a pleasure for me to do. I highly recommend you checking Sleepless Street out yourself and getting your own copy. You will not be sorry you did. In addition, with Christmas just around the corner, Sleepless Street would make the perfect present for someone you love. _______________________________________________________________________________________
"Restless in Mulingar" - Sleepless Street