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Acadie

Daniel Lanois Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002LIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Still Water
2. The Maker
3. O Marie
4. Jolie Louise
5. Fisherman's Daughter
6. White Mustang II
7. Under A Stormy Sky
8. Where The Hawkwind Kills
9. Silium's Hill
10. Ice
11. St. Ann's Gold
12. Amazing Grace

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After producing groundbreaking albums for, and often with, Peter Gabriel, U2, Robbie Robertson, and the Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois's self-produced debut album proved at once familiar in its thick, swampy sonics and startling in its pared-down, intimate scale. Lanois's song cycle is steeped in the francophone cultures both of his Québécois heritage and of his adopted New Orleans home, mixing English and French as easily as Lanois himself alternates from soulful croon to plainer folkiness. Populated with rural characters, his detailed stories evoke a lost time through two-step acoustic love songs, narrative ballads, and a hushed, propulsive prayer; "The Maker" features a ghostly, restrained harmony vocal by Aaron Neville. The underlying historical link between old Acadian culture in his title and its descendant Cajun culture surviving in Louisiana's bayous and backwoods gives the songs and these performances a haunting, and haunted poignancy. --Sam Sutherland

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Robert Harris VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Confession time. I can't get enough of that Daniel Lanois sound. Like other great studio wizards, his touch is unmistakable. On other people's albums such as U2 and Emmylou Harris, some listeners might find the trademark Lanois sound palette a tad too intrusive. Personally I love it.
On Acadie, it's entirely his own show. The songs are simple and rarely less than lovely. There's the big sweeping soundscape of "Still Water" and "The Maker" and the sparse intimacy of "Silium's Hill". The final flourish says it all - "Amazing Grace" as you've never heard it before, with Aaron Neville warbling like an angel seguing into a trademark Lanois reverb coda of heroic proportions.
This album will happily create an ambience in the background, but also richly reward the most attentive listening. I hesitated between a four and a five - don't want to devalue my currency! - but the heart says definitely a five.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-appreciated low-key ambient gem 11 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Listeners may wonder how Lanois' own work compares with the work of all the artists he's produced (U2, Peter Gabriel etc.) The pleasant surprise is that his own album is every bit as well produced, as sonically evocative and at least as atmospheric as any of the above artists recordings. Its a great late-night record and one which is a real grower. Also, it's strange that it never received the recognition it clearly deserves. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 30 Oct 2008
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This beautifully textured masterpiece sparkles with atmospheric songs of great profundity including ballads like Still Water, The Maker & Where The Hawkwind Kills and uptempo tracks like O Marie and Jolie Louise. Brian Eno must also be credited for making the music so special.

The exquisite melodies have a folkie feel but the playing and production give the music an ethereal, brooding dimension that puts it in a league of its own. O Marie is sung entirely in French, while Jolie Louise and Under A Stormy Sky have alternating French and English verses.

The album concludes with a subdued rendition of Amazing Grace. There is a certain spiritual quality to the music that is hard to define, but also found in the work of fellow Canadian Jane Siberry, in Peter Gabriel's songs Blood Of Eden & Come Talk To Me and of course in the work of Emmylou Harris.

Lanois produced and played on Emmylou's exceptional album Wrecking Ball; on her live album Spyboy there is an impressive 8 minute + version of his composition The Maker. Acadie is a very uplifting listening experience and slightly better than his other great album For the Beauty of Wynona.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! 30 Nov 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This beautifully textured masterpiece sparkles with classic songs like Still Water, The Maker, O Marie, Under A Stormy Sky and Where The Hawkwind Kills. The gripping melodies have a folky feel but the playing and production give it an ethereal, atmospheric dimension that puts it in a league of its own. O Marie is sung entirely in French, while Jolie Louise and Under A Stormy Sky have alternating French and English verses. The album concludes with a tender, subdued version of Amazing Grace. There is a certain spiritual quality to the music that is hard to define, but also found in the work of fellow Canadian Jane Siberry, or on John Cale and Brian Eno’s Wrong Way Up or in Peter Gabriel’s songs Blood Of Eden and Come Talk To Me. Acadie is a very uplifting listening experience. Exquisite music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maker of marvels 20 Oct 2011
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Daniel Lanois has a sound as immediately identifiable as that of Phil Spector or Joe Meek, whether producing for Dylan, Emmylou, U2 or the Neville Brothers. Heavy on the echo, clear, spidery-velvet guitars, plenty of `swampy` atmosphere. Imagine how utterly different Dylan`s Oh Mercy or Emmylou`s Wrecking Ball would have sounded without Lanois at the helm. (If you ain`t heard `em, hear `em, they`re great.)
When this debut album sidled up to us back in 1989 he`d been producing others` records for about 15 years in his hometown of Quebec, including Martha & The Muffins
(his sister being a Muffin). In fact I`m amazed to find he`s sixty years old now, same age as me.
I can`t remember what made me buy this CD all those years ago - perhaps I heard a track on the radio - but I can`t imagine being without it. A year might go by when I
haven`t played it, then I discover it again and heave a contented sigh of relief and
recognition.
The name Acadie is related not to some Arcadian Eden but rather describes the Canadian Nova Scotians who were exiled by the French and settled in Louisiana, hence Lanois` New Orleans sound, that being his second home, and hence too the word Cajun. Acadie the album is drenched in Cajun sounds, soulful bayou plaints, the French that`s spoken in both Quebec and New Orleans, and both the light & playful and darker & heavier sounds of the Deep South.
The album as a whole is like a suite of songs, barely a pause between tracks, and a distinct air of gentle menace hangs over much of it - though that is in part down to the generally heavy-lidded production.
On the one hand much of Acadie is virtually an acoustic set of melodic songs, on the other it`s as electric as they come, in both senses of the word.
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