John McGlynn's new album Fragments was released in January 2019. It went straight to No.1 in the iTunes Irish album downloads charts. It took nearly 20 years to complete and is built around McGlynn’s crystal-clear vocals and unique fingerstyle guitar. The producer Rebecca Shannon (Chirpy), lends lush, sensual synths and arrangements to a remarkable album.
Fragments is ten snapshots of a life. Waterfall a dark essay that explores the depths of an Irish winter of the spirit. Sarah Jane is a tribute the actress Elisabeth Sladen [Doctor Who]. Heavenward is a journey home to find that all the guilt and darkness we carry with us through life, are merely memories and ghosts. His years in London permeate Dreams of Lisa, a simple homage to the Kitchen Sink dramas of the 1960s. The title track Fragments with it's flamenco style guitars and powerful vocals, evokes the memory of an affair that ended but culminated in joy and freedom. The final track The River is an exhausted love song sung at the last moments of his father, raw and uncompromising.
McGlynn has worked with Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, Barry Manilow, Sinead O’Connor, Sting, Moving Hearts and is the co-director of the ground-breaking Irish choral group Anúna.
The lead song on his first album [Songs for a Fallen Angel] If All She Has Is You was subsequently recorded by Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth and features on their album "Innerworld", produced by Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode/Erasure/Yazoo).
McGlynn has an ethereally breathtaking voice. His warmth and focused performances instantly penetrate the soul and offer the listener respite from the noise of the world. [He] proves once again why he is a timeless artist worth the wait. There is so much to savor on Fragments - Staccatofy
It is a goldmine of pure love and decadence. There are things in life, so beautiful that songs must be written for them. The slow and steady march of the picked chords relegate our voyeuristic ears to melt and shudder - ComeHereFloyd
There’s a sentiment in this song that feels like it could be 200 years old and no one would be the wiser. Beautiful articulation from start to finish - Ear to the Ground