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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000MRA84O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Crash Of Angel Wings
2. Love Will Shoot You Down
3. Nobody's Baby Anymore
4. Strange Arrangement
5. She Tried To Hold Me
6. It's Gonna Rain
7. Sustain
8. You In The Sky
9. Everybody Takes A Tumble
10. The Man With The Wind At His Heels

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Book Of Lightning, the ninth album from The Waterboys, features most of the band's signature motifs: pseudo-mystical lyricism, Mike Scott's throaty vocals, electric fiddle and ethereal trumpet. What sets Book Of Lightning apart from previous projects is its slightly heavier rock sound, a consequence no doubt of recently recruiting innovative guitarist Leo Abrahams. That said, many of the songs on Book Of Lightning could easily slide onto earlier albums unnoticed, especially the electric-violin soaked, seven-minute "Everybody Takes a Tumble," and the gentle, acoustic "The Man With the Wind at His Heels." "Strange Arrangement" and "You in the Sky" are also redolent of older material, though "Nobody's Baby Anymore" and "It's Gonna Rain" drift along in a more unexpected bluesy vein. With its considered balance of moods and textures and enchanting abundance of lyrical prowess, Book Of Lightning can only enhance the reputation of this fabulous band. --Danny McKenna

BBC Review

Back in the 80s The Waterboys were big, and not just in terms of success. Alongside the likes of U2 and Simple Minds they made BIG music; sweeping, epic tunes which sounded best when played live in vast arenas, but something happened.

For a while the critical consensus was that bandleader Mike Scott went a bit weird. He disappeared to Ireland to record unfashionable fiddledy-diddledy music, before moving to a new age community to apparently avoid the fame that was his for the taking. It's a nice story, but not strictly true. After all the resulting album Fishermans Blues was their biggest seller at the time and it's become a bit of a classic over the years. However it does illustrate the real point which is that Mike Scott is a man who goes where the music takes him. He's been doing that ever since.

Well what goes around comes around as the saying goes and with "nu folk" now a bona fide movement and with the purveyors of big and equally fiddle and accordian-filled music, Arcade Fire, occupying the position of current music critic darlings it seems that Mike Scott could well be the man of the moment once again. If Book Of Lightning is anything to go by this is a distinct possibility.

The titles alone tell you that this is big music. "Crash Of Angels Wings," "You In The Sky," and "The Man With The Wind At His Heels" are just three of them and if they don't conjure up images of guitar players standing on the edges of snow capped mountains or on windswept fields then you're too young to remember the eighties. It's all fantastic stuff and a fine return from one of music's great contrarians. If he decides he fancies it of course. --Brian McCluskey

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 27 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Waterboys new album Book Of Lightning is an excellent introduction to one of favourite bands as it uniquely includes many of the musical styles that lead Waterboy Mike Scot has pedalled over the last 20+ years. Not that you would be able to tell this though from the opening tracks...

The first three tracks The Crash Of Angel Wings, Love Will Shoot You Down and Nobody's Baby Anymore are a return to the mainstream rock of much of the 1993 LP Dream Harder though some may also argue that they are a kind of modern version of the famously monikered Big Music of the 80s. New guitarist Leo Abrahams is consistently present with some fine clipped playing but the fellow who fiddles Steve Wickham is almost entirely absent. Fortunately though Wickham soon makes his highly talented presence felt as the album continues...

Other tracks on Book Of Lightning are more suited to Steve's fiddle playing. These include folk-rock songs in the vein of the Fisherman's Blues LP, Mike Scott's distinctive piano "ballads" and even a nod to the more introverted style of his 90s solo LPs on the closing track The Man with The Wind At His Heels. Of the folk-rock songs, Everybody Takes A Tumble is destined to be a (live) Waterboys classic with its catchy fiddle and organ reels. The other lengthy song of similar style, She Tried To Hold Me is also melodically memorable but contains some of the worst rhyming couplets ever written. The guess-the-next-line game reaches its zenith when Scott rhymes uranium with cranium! So cheesily bad it's almost kind of good...

Thankfully the lyrics are better on the piano-written songs such as the nicely oblique Strange Arrangement and You In The Sky, originally released on the Collectors Edition of Fisherman's Blues in 2006 and newly rerecorded here.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Man out of time. on 18 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Mike Scott and the Waterboys back in 1985, the first two albums for some reason had passed me by.

I can still remember the moment, I was browsing through the racks of a record store in Luton (very glamourous!);when my attention was suddenly drawn to the big music blasting out of the speakers.

The song was "Don't Bang the Drum" the stunning opener for the "This is the Sea" album, from thence onwards I've been an afficianado.

The Waterboys last album "Universal Hall" I found to be a mixed bag, whilst I admired Mike Scott for having the courage to commit some very personal and some would say spiritual songs to an album, unfortunately for me it didn't quite hit the spot!

2007 brings us "Book of Lightning" and on the first few hearings it does appear to be a real return to form.

Across the ten tracks of the album, Mike and the band have managed to convey the many intriguing facets that make up The Waterboys.

Part of their attraction to me is the fact that the are so difficult to pigeon hole and can be both enthralling and sometimes infuriating (sometimes on the same album!).

The album commences with a trio of powerful guitar led tracks, but then concludes with quite possibly four of the best songs Mike Scott has ever penned.

The highlights for me being the beautiful "Sustain" that features old compatriot Roddy Lorimer on trumpet and "you in the sky" which first surfaced on the Fishermans Blues sessions back in the late eighties.

Mike's lyrics are particularly biting and humourous, with several "one liners" and put downs that Bob Dylan would have been proud of, it's also nice to see him not taking himself too seriuosly.

In conclusion Mike Scott and his colleagues fiddle player Steve Wickham and keyboardist Richard Naiff have produced an excellent new album and I'm really looking forward to seeing them on tour later this month.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Universal Music on 3 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
To listen to Mike Scott's soulful Celtic voice, grapple with his visionary lyrics and surrender to the wild, flowing abandon of his band in full flight is to touch the very spirit of music. At his best, Scott is as good as it gets. And the new Waterboys album, Book of Lightning, represents Scott at the top of his game.

If quality of work were the only criteria, the man should be a rock legend by now. But if he is famous for anything, it is for blowing chances, turning away from the bright lights down unmarked byways in search of his own truth. "Absorption in music is a way of having a spiritual experience for me," he has said of his wayward career. "Music has a life of its own."

Lyrically, Scott draws from the same rich sources of poetry, folk tale, sacred texts, blues and myth as Dylan. He relishes crunchy couplets and resonant metaphor, and leavens grandiloquent proclamations with humour. He writes with purpose and without waste, each line carrying its own weight.

Book of Lightning synthesises the stages of Mike Scott's journey, blending rock with folk in a 21st-century version of The Big Music. Lyrically, his dispatches evoke the wonders and horrors of our world. Whether summoning the storms of global warming with a sense of Biblical retribution (It's Gonna Rain), heralding the fall of corrupt powers (Love Will Shoot You Down) or musing on survival at the end of the world (the magisterial Sustain), Scott attacks his songs with relish.

With his talent, commitment and mystical otherness, Scott raises the bar for fellow songwriters. The Book of Lightning demands to be heard.
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