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By the Time It Gets Dark

Mary Black Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Aug 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grapevine
  • ASIN: B0000241BX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tracklist: "By The Time It Gets Dark", "Schooldays Over", "Once In A Very Blue Moon", "Farewell Farewell", "Sparks Might Fly", "Katie", "Leaving The Land", "There Is A Time", "Jamie", "Leaboys Lassie", "Trying To Get The Balance Right", "Moon River".

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Mary Black album 9 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is without doubt her best album from the time she was working with Declan Sinnott. Declan's sensitive arrangements and production along with Mary's vocals bring a depth of emotion to the songs which is unsurpassed. It could be said that the album sounds a little the same throughout, but that seems not to matter when it sounds this good. It's difficult to highlight individual songs when the standard is so high, but standing out above the rest for me are Schoolday's Over, Leaving the Land and Leaboy's Lassie, perhaps becauase they have the simplest arrangements. None of her other albums with Declan Sinnot manage to get close to the level that this album acheives. If you want just one Mary Black album then this should be the one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and often melancholy 14 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Mary Black album I heard, and she captured my imagination at once. Mary has such a gift for bringing out the emotions of a song. If you like your music gentle but not wishy washy, with memorable tunes and thoughtful words, you should buy this. A gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Black 7 Mar 2013
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A great album containing most of my favourite Mary Black songs. The lyrics are very evocative of Irish culture as I know it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe... 28 Mar 2001
By Richard W. Williams - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Believe the others. This is truly the most fully realized collection of some of the best songs, arrangements and volcals of any of her collections. Her singling is always bordering on perfection, but often her purest subtleties become clouded in overproduction. Not Here!
Listen with care to three of the best things she's ever done.
"Once in a Very Blue Moon" presents us with a borderless pop gem. Not Irish, Not American, simply universal pop. "Farewell, Farewell" is perhaps the prettiest "Celtic" inflected song she's ever blessed with her voice. "Katie", upon first listen, sounds like a good old fashioned pop ditty, that on closer inspection demonstrates just what can happen with a perfect hybrid of Celtic/American Folk/Pop.
These are only three, but all teh songs will be welcome in your ears many times over.
If you are unfamiliar with the seemingly limitless talent of Mary Black, this is a great disk to begin what will surely be a lifelong appreciation of this highly under-purchased artist.
Warning: Much of her later music, with the possible exception of her last "Speaking with the Angels", is mostly overproduced pop. There's nothing here to muck up the beautiful mix. Buy it, if only for the lovliest version of "Moon River" you'll ever hear.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mary Black's Best 14 Mar 2000
By Bernard D. Aboba - Published on
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This is one of my favorite CDs. Tinged with sadness, this CD is about people in transition, from travellers (Farewell, Farewell), to young men going to work at the mines (Schoolday's Over). Listen to this when you are in a contemplative mood, trying to figure out what to do next.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite CDs, I love Mary Black's music. 9 Nov 1998
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The songs are very good and I think this is one of her best albums so far. I really like Once in A very Blue Moon- It's very good and very memorable.I really recommend this CD to anyone that likes Irish music or folkmusic- or for anyone really. I had never heard this type of music before, besides the typical Irish music, and i really loved this CD, It's a must have! Enjoy!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreakingly beautiful CD 15 Oct 1999
By Carl Syberg - Published on
Format:Audio CD
For those who will allow themselves to be vulnerable, this is an incredibly heartfelt recording. Richard Thompson's "Farewell, Farewell" alone is worth three times the price. Mary makes you feel every meaning. Declan Sinnott's guitar playing is an absolute joy, and the guitar sounds are delicious. This is one of those CDs that you want to listen to alone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Expressiveness 30 Jan 2003
By bethtexas - Published on
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This was the album that got me hooked on Mary Black. I'd already purchased some of her others because music fans I trust had told me her music's worth spending some time with. But I didn't really get sold on her until this album.
SPARKS MIGHT FLY was the first song that really won me over. With a lovely, gentle piano playing in the background, her voice really rings out strong and expressive. You can feel every word she belts out so that individual lines really get to you. Lines that don't sound so powerful on paper like, "I see my brother's face grow dark with care," then "Don't call him a misfit!" just hit you in the gut and resonate.
She really is just so expressive throughout this album. There's a subtle power to it that makes her voice more interesting than it would otherwise be. And it makes some of the songs which might not be so spectacular on their own really reach your heart. Like DON'T EXPLAIN is a song I normally wouldn't like because the singer is forgiving a man who cheats ... which is something that goes against my personal beliefs. But ... the way she sings it is so expressive and raw that I'm "with her" and on her side for the duration of the song. Now, that's talent when you can make someone who disagrees with you empathize as you sing.
I recommend BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK for anyone curious about why Mary Black is a favorite of so many music conniseurs. Listen to it several times. It won't be long before it starts to get to you.
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