After a memorable mid-'80s stint with the Waterboys, Welshman Karl Wallinger formed World Party as essentially a personal vehicle for his increasingly impressive songwriting. Over five World Paarty albums, Wallinger established himself as a superb song craftsman, combining smart lyrics that were equally catchy and thoughtful (whether addressing love or environmental assaults) with alluring melodies and intriguing arrangements strongly influenced by the Beatles. In 2001, Wallinger was stricken with a brain aneurysm that required a lengthy recovery. Only recently has he re-emerged on a consistent basis, last year issuing Arkeology, a massive five-CD compendium of previously unreleased songs, demos, covers, and live performances from throughout WP's history. The material is remarkably strong and often fascinating. Highlights include a stunning rock epic and instant WP classic, "Lost in Infinity"; live versions of WP nuggets "Ship of Fools" and "Put the Message in the Box"; and striking covers of the Beatles' "Cry Baby Cry" and Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." Wallinger's playing only four U.S. dates (plus four Canadian festivals) through September, leading a lean WP featuring Irish fiddler/mandolin player David Duffy and English guitarist John Turnbull, reportedly lending a country touch to some of the tunes.
Tue., July 30, 7 & 9 p.m., 2013