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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000BGH0X8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. 16 Fisherman Raving
2. Motherland
3. Butterfly (So Much Wine)
4. Magic Nights
5. "America, I Love You"
6. Mercy
7. Beeswing
8. Hattie Carroll
9. Magdalen Laundries
10. Burning Times
11. Peace In The Valley Once Again
12. Changes

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One of the most compelling and inspirational Irish musicians, Christy Moore returns with a brand new album, Burning Times. An album that should delight as much it surprises, it includes Christy’s own inimitable take on the songs of the likes of Morrissey ("America, I Love You"), Natalie Merchant ("Motherland"), Richard Thompson ("Beeswing"), Bob Dylan ("The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol"), Joni Mitchell ("The Magdelene Laundries") and Phil Ochs ("Changes"). A member of both Planxty and Moving Hearts, as well as an established solo artist and now in his 5th decade as a recording artist, Burning Times is Christy’s first studio album since 2001’s This Is The Day.

BBC Review

There are few characters who've played a bigger part in the story of Irish music than modern day troubadour Christy Moore. Whether singing others' songs or his own in a distinctively kind-hearted but gently compelling brogue, he's been a key figure in Irish roots music for more than four decades whether with trad supergroup Planxty, folk/jazz/rock fusion outfit Moving Hearts, or as a compelling solo performer. Though by the late '90s ongoing health problems had forced him into semi-retirement, a second reformation of Planxty (the first was in the late '70s) brought him back into the spotlight in 2004.

Burning Times reunites Christy with Moving Hearts co-founder Declan Sinnott, and is his first new solo material since the rather lacklustre This Is The Day (2001). I'm happy to say it's a significant return to form, strongly reminiscent of his best solo work in the '80s.The voicesounds reinvigorated, the choice of material is a good deal more inspired, and Sinnott's lovely multi-instrumental accompaniments and production are tastefully assured, helping to make this very easy on the ear.

Christy has never been a prolific songwriter, and the material here is all covers; the Moore magic is to make them sound like originals. He neatly inhabits Richard Thompson's "Beeswing" as a slow jig, and brings Joni Mitchell's "The Magdalene Laundries" back home. Speaking of which `there's also a convincingly fresh take on Bob Dylan's classic "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol".

Continuing his commitment to championing Irish songwriters, he includes "Mercy", by long-term collaborator (and fellow Dubliner) Wally Page. There's also "Magic Nights in the Lobby Bar", which celebrates Cork's thriving singer/songwriter community. And then there's Morrissey's sardonic "America, I Love You", which once got Christy into trouble, as he explains in his entertaining sleeve notes.

As if to show he does have time for aspects of Americana other than greed and imperialism, he interprets two songs by gothic alt-country oddballs The Handsome Family, the best of which is the brooding, eerie reading of "Peace in the Valley Once Again". This post-apocalyptic portrait of nature reclaiming and healing our damaged and deranged world chimes with Moore's anti-nuke campaigning of the 1980s as well as the more pastoral aspects of his artistic vision. --Jon Lusk

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Seethru on 27 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Every song is so good, some are masterpieces. He just sings them so well. Some interesting sleeve notes that impart his philosophy on singing any song from anywhere with the same Irish voice; made sense to me. He is on tour singing the same songs from this album. Go and watch him, like I did in Liverpool, and when it finishes, you can just start talking to anyone else in the audience, the atmosphere is just so friendly. Christy says, there are songwriters and there is Dylan. Well, there are singers and there is Christy Moore.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Power on 22 Dec. 2005
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I am a great lover, of this velvet voiced giant.He always did have the knack of picking great songs and making them his own.
For inverted snob type reasons.I'm glad that he hasn't really been discovered?
At first I thought the guitar heavy production on this drowned his vocal assets...however with repeated playings this is by far his best album since the early days.So many songs stick in the mind, 'laundries', America' etc. but ' Hattie Carroll' is worth the admission fee alone.
His best for years, beg , steal, or borrow.
See him in concert, ease my snobbery!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
looks like the fiery Christy Moore is still at it! I'm American (and Irish) and have to say that -- although there are plenty of people who won't like it -- I enjoyed every song on the album, including "America." He's right - we should stay where we live and stop invading countries that didn't hurt us. Politics aside, the whole CD is wonderful. I listened to it all day today while working on a particularly onerous task and it really did me a world of good. We're off to see Christy at a concert in Berlin next week - THANKS, Christy! Keep up the great work!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Martin Pelan on 22 Oct. 2005
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Christy Moore has been playing and recording music for over 40 years and is somehow still relatively unknown outside of the Folk and Irish music communities. This is a crying shame as Christy is much more than a folk musician and, whilst remaining a heroic figure for the Irish diaspora throughout the world, should not simply and lazily be labelled as an "Irish artist".
Christy's latest albumn contains no new compositions by the great man himself but is a collection of cover versions of other artists' material. However, the term 'cover version' is an indequate and limiting way to describe these moving and inspirational songs as Christy, together with his long-time collaborator Declan Sinnott, takes the basic material and creates something new and vibrant, something that speaks to a new audience and concerns itself with recent events and troubles, whilst still retaining the core elements that first made each song so great.
Nowhere else is this more apparent than on the albumn's two centrepieces. Firstly, "Beeswing" Richard Thompson's poem to a long-lost and much-missed troubled love. In singing the song Christy is not merely adapting this song, but is providing his own intimate take on the subject matter. Christy doesn't sing other people's sngs - he immerses himself in the subject matter, displaying a unique understanding of the characters and situations as if, in the case of "Beeswing", he was the travelling man who loved but could not tame the wild and free spirited woman who left him for another.
You suspect that despite the sad end to the woman's life, Christy understands the need to be free of the shackles and ties that bind us to the life expected of us by our families and others around us.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Davies on 17 May 2006
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Following medical problems and semi-retirement the 2001 release This Is The Day turned out to be a low key affair for a Christy Moore album. Thankfully he appears to have put this behind him and is looking stronger than ever.

His re-acquiantance with Declan Sinnott has proved to be a saving grace for Christy. His live performances over the past few years with Declan playing beside him have livened up and added another dimension to the music. This is evident on the latest album Burning Times.

All of the songs on this album are covers of other artists work, but that is true for a lot of Christy's work. His genius is being able to put his own twist on anybody's work and make it sound fresh. This is so well done that some of the songs are bare;y recognisable to the originals.

THroughout the album many different styles are played with, none of which produce negative results. Some of the stand out tracks for me would be Beeswing (originally written by Richard Thompson) and Magdelene Laundries (Joni Mitchell). One of the stand out tracks is America I Love You - a Morissey song that attacks the American ideals e.g. president akways being a heterosexual white male.

The best track in my opinion is The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll. This version is totally different from the original Bob Dylan version. More life and energy has been added to the song and it is sung with more feeling. As another reviewer has said it is worth buying the album just for this track.

All in all a superb return to form and well worth buying. And if you get a chance to see the man live - do not turn down the oppurtunity.
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