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ILLUMINATION

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“The theme of our latest album MIRABILIS is enchantment,” purrs Katharine Blake, the founder member of the Mediaeval Baebes. “It’s about strange creatures who seduce men and women into their faery world. Just like the Baebes - we’re seducing the listener into our world. And I can guarantee they’ll never be quite the same again ... Read more in Amazon's Mediaeval Baebes Store

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Genepool Records
  • ASIN: B00288AXLS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Desert Rose
2. Suscipe Flos Florem
3. The Blacksmiths
4. To the One
5. Miracle
6. I Sing of a Maiden
7. The Undivided
8. Ecce Chorus Virginum
9. Mad Song
10. My Lady Sleeps
11. Yonder Lea
12. Till A' the Seas Gang Dry
13. Sunrise
14. La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Mediaeval Baebes have done some stunning albums, so this new one has a lot to live up to. Sadly, I don't think it reaches the melodic heights of Mirabilis or the vocal prowess of The Rose, and the studio version of Miracle is disappointing after hearing the remix, even if it is more authentic. I got the feeling I'd heard much of this before and that perhaps the well must be running a bit dry. There is a studio version there of previously available live track My Lady Sleeps that adds nothing to what you get in the excellent live version. Other tracks similarly seem to add nothing more for those who have their other albums, but there are two tracks that do redeem the album slightly - Ecce Chorus Virginum and Mad Song.

Anyone buying a Mediaeval Baebes album for the first time should start with Mirabilis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. DIANE WATKINS on 2 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
if you haven't listened to medieval baebes before, i can wholeheartedly recommend Illumination, The Girls have excelled themselves by putting their music to some our greatest poets words. The effect is spellbinding
from the first to the last track the professionalism of the music, lyrics,vocals and composition is first class.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By QuillofArkham1 on 29 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the sixth Mediaeval Baebes album and I have to admit I came to listen to it with a little trepidation, I don't know why, especially considering that 'Mirabilis' was their best album , so this had a lot to live up to.

The main difference with this album this the Mediaeval Baebes themselves, their numbers seemed to have reduced down to six, I'm sure the number was at least double that on the album 'The Rose.' I don't know if this has had an effect on the artistic talents of the group or not.

However, the new album does have some good material on it; there is a mixture of modern verse with mediaeval music and the traditional mediaeval verse with mediaeval music, and this change in direction was surprising and unexpected.

I also noticed that at least four songs have been adapted from poems by classic poets, Mad Song by William Blake, My Lady Sleeps by H W Longfellow and Yonder Lea and Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns.

Overall the best songs are by far 'I Sing Of A Maiden,' 'Yonder Lea' and 'Sunrise' the album is good, it's just not the Mediaeval Baebes at their very best, the change is direction was surprising and affective and listening to it a few times redeems the album.
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Great to see that everyone has given this album good reviews, but I have to disagree with those who say that this is not as good as Mirabilis! When you first ever listen to it, you may think that it is on par with Mirabilis, but by the second listen, when you aren't in such a hurry to hear all of the tracks, each individual song begins to stand out, and it is clear that this album has many merits. It has several 14th and 15th Century tracks in it, the slow tracks of the album have beautifully layered vocals, but the faster tracks with the catchy drumbeats and real authentic feel of the Tudor/Medieval banqueting hall (of which there are several) are far better than any on their previous albums. By far the best tracks are I sing of a Maiden, Miracle, Yonder Lea, and Sunrise, but Ecce Chorus Virginum and Desert Rose are also really catchy and uplifting.
You absoultely MUST buy this album if you are any of the following a) a baebes fan b) a lover of medieval/tudor history c)a classical music fan.
I recently went to the baebes live concert and everyone of all ages was tapping their feet and singing along. Five Stars!
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By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Mediaeval Baebes - Illumination (Genepool)
With over a dozen years under their collective belt, various awards and half a million record sales, it's no wonder that the Mediaeval Baebes are the stars of their chosen genre; and what a genre it is, a hybrid of primitive classical music, gypsy folk and mediaeval madrigals. I'm not sure who the competition is.

Their 2009 album "Illumination" remains their most recent release, and it's a beautiful collection of pieces that showcase both the Baebes individual voices and their exquisite harmonies. Highlights are plentiful and often coincide with genuine spine tingles. "Suscipe Flos Florem" begins with a gorgeous choral arrangement and would've been the perfect song if 14th Century nuns had founded Glee Club. "I Sing Of A Maiden" represents the group's folkier side, and I'd be temped to sing along if it weren't for that fact that it's as near to perfect without my tuneless wail. "Desert Rose" with its Middle Eastern vibe and gypsy rhythm may not be completely representative, but it's a great way to start an album, which I'm enjoying immensely. 7/10.
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By Mrs P on 7 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm a long time Baebes fan and have all their albums. Whilst I sometimes mourn their move away from the Mediaeval style music era, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy this album from start to finish. There's not a track that I want to skip by (I must admit to occasionally doing this on a couple of albums, although it's only the odd track!) Enjoy this album as a style unto itself and when you want to listen to the Mediaeval-style of old Baebes, well you've always got Salva Nos to fall back on!
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