Colm O'Brien's first solo album, "It Is What It Is" gave him the opportunity to perform some of his favorite songs alongside his own works. Only a year after its release the record became a critical and popular success with reviewers declaring it "A modern classic" and rating it one of the ten best Irish records of 2005.
Review from Mike Farragher- The Irish Voice Online
O’Brien seamlessly welds some of his great acoustic compositions with traditional tunes. And it’s sometimes difficult to separate the old songs from the new ones, a testament to his great songwriting. O'Brien possesses a gloriously ragged voice that sounds like he gargled with the stale beer and cigarette butts that were swept off the floor of the many Boston area pubs that he calls home.