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Crann Ull [Import]

Clannad Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Clannad, the legendary Irish family group responsible for such timeless music as ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’, ‘In A Lifetime’, ‘I Will Find You’ and the soundtrack to the ‘Robin of Sherwood’ TV series, make a welcome return to recording with a new album to be released in September 2013.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Intercord (EMI Austria)
  • ASIN: B000XHB3SI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Clannad 15 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The later Clannad seems schmaltzy and soulless to me - a kind of high-gloss, Michael Flatley version of themselves, altogether to self-conscious. This album on the other hand has genuine integrity and soul. It's simply beautifully played rootsy folk devoid of pretence. Naive and beautiful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The old Clannad you didn't know about :) 4 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
The later Clannad albums, notably Banba, are very "Enya" - much synthesizer and ghostly-sounding female vocals. This album is so old I bought it on tape, and is more folksy, acoustic and even cheeky than any Clannad song that's hit the charts. (There's a similar album, the name of which eludes me, where one of the boys sings a kind of Irish rock'n'roll song. Unthinkable!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars before enya ruined it 6 July 2013
By gille liath TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think this has become my favourite Clannad album. It shows a mature band at the height of their powers, with an unrivalled feel for their material, just before they ventured off into commercialism. I believe it's the first album with 'Enya' (Eithne) on board; it's also the last to feature traditional songs exclusively. Coincidence?

Of course, it wouldn't be entirely fair to blame Enya. Still, it must be a little bit gutting to be Maire Ni Bhraonain. She's far more talented than her younger sister: has one of the most beautiful and distinctive voices in popular music, the very sound of Celtic Twilight, and is a pretty good harpist too. With the two taking lead vocal on different tracks here, without the thick production wash of their later sound, you can hear clearly how much superior Maire is. Yet Enya is the one who has gone on to stardom (even if she is also a byword for naffness); 'Moya' has been reduced to anglicising her name in imitation.

All the more reason, maybe, to enjoy her superb performances here. Brother Ciaran, too, is on top of his game as arranger, with a sophisticated understanding of harmonies and a good instinct for not overdoing it; but I'm just as happy to hear Maire's completely solo rendition of An Bunnan Bui. It's all too short - only about half an hour - but with songs like Last Rose of Summer and the title track, it is at times breathtakingly beautiful.
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