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  • Audio CD (21 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004YLPA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Anthem 7:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. That Place In Your Heart 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Run Away 4:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ready For Life 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Salve 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Never 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. World's Apart 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ancient Lands 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Where Are You Now 7:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Heaven (Waiting There For Me) 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Ronan Hardiman first gained renown as the composer for Michael Flatley's Irish dance extravaganzas Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. On Anthem, his second solo release, he moves away from the relentlessly rhythmic music of his Flatley collaborations, in favour of a looser, more atmospheric style of composing and performing. Hardiman's sweeping synthesiser tones on tracks such as "Ready for Life" recall the ethereal music of Enya while his use of Latin chants on "Salve" sound like a less spooky version of Enigma. Hardiman has a gift for writing great hooks, which give songs like "That Place in Your Heart" and "Heaven (Waiting for Me There)," both of which are beautifully sung by Leslie Dowdall, an unexpected, but enjoyable pop sheen. The songs on Anthem are not explicitly Irish, but Hardiman's strong melodic sense and mystical leanings imbue them with an irresistible Celtic character. --Michael Simmons

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Stevens on 6 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yesterday I received my copy of Ronan Hardiman's new CD Anthem and I just have to write a review of it! What do I think of it? Its WONDERFUL! But anyone who has ever heard any of Ronan's music must already know it would be nothing less.
The album is very much similar in style to Solas , but with a few differences. First of all, the feeling it projects is very different. In general, the tracks on Solas seem designed for relaxation and meditation, and as such works very well... however, Anthem is not only very relaxing, but many of the songs create a very uplifting and joyful feeling that Solas didn't.
The opening track "Anthem" is a good example - this is typical Hardiman, with a good, steady beat, beautiful electric piano melody, and some wonderful female vocal work by Leslie Dowdall, with a very upbeat, joyful chant that makes me feel happy.
The next track "That place in your heart" is another departure from Solas - this is a real song with real lyrics (very thought provoking ones too) which is beautifully sung. This is followed by "Run Away" which has the distinct Solas sound with the usual piano and beat, with the lead vocals being very Enya-esque. Next is one of my personal favourites "Ready for Life", which isn't technically a song, but has some lyrics... there is something about the mood that this one creates that is hard to describe.... Maybe its just me, but this song makes me feel very happy for some reason, the lyrics, the piano melody...everything about it is just wonderful. This is real mood enhancing stuff!
To balance things, the next track "Salve" is a very brooding, powerful piece, which really stands out from the other tracks. This has a very symphonic sound, and features the male choir used for his Feet of Flames work.
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Actually 3,5 stars from me.

I have mixed feelings about this album. In short I could say it is enjoyable but not outstanding. Perfectly produced and performed, yet lacking some hook, some originality and sometimes even good ideas. I've already listened to this album a few times and thought I would share my thoughts...

Anthem - the first song and the title for the album. It sounds GRAND but the song is actually very shallow. Well produced, with a steady rhythm, some voices (chanting heyoo ye hey...)and a simple piano melody. Sounds nice, but simple. Too little though for such a big title...

That Place in Your Heart - again quite simple song with a simple message of peace and unity, however this one a has a great hook - the lyrics are sung in a perfect, delicate manner (makes me think of some of the gentler Delerium songs!) and, while it is not the most original song, it still is one that I really liked from the first time. This is really memorable song.

Run Away - again a gentle chillout song with a touch of techno - similar to Anthem, but also similar to Solas songs. Nothing new but enjoyable!

Ready for Life - might be the weakest song on the album. I usually skip it. Repetitive, bland lyrics and nothing new in terms of instrumentation. I don't like this song.

Salve - This is really something! An operatic voice and a Gregorian-sounding choir. This should be titled Anthem! The album would be perfect if there were more songs like this! The most accomplished song here.

Never - Enjoyable song in the manner of Solas. Nice chillout song. Nothing more, but is it wrong?

Worlds Apart - similar to the above.

Ancient Lands - is very similar in form to Salve. A very good choir track.
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This is his best album he has produced in my opinion, I really love it. Especially the track named 'Heaven'
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By MJQ on 20 Feb. 2014
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If you want relaxing and endearingly haunting sounds with a bit of a beat - Ronan Hardiman will deliver. Great album to listen to at home and in the car. Have always been admirer of Mr Hardiman and this album was equally impressive.
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By Rosie on 16 July 2010
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Great album, I loved it, review on youtube first or on amazon in case not your kind of music, relates to the Lord of the Dance themes, great, fabulous, want more!! Love it, love it.
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