"Landmarks" is a miracle of class, marked by a stylization and rarefaction of sound from celtic tradition, but without the nullification of music and performers of the deceiving "Macalla". "Landmarks" is also a personal triumph for lead vocalist Máire Brennan. She signs here words and music of the ballads "Of This Land" and "Let Me See", and gives life to some of her most striking interpretations. Song texts are a fine work of poetry in this album - other notable contributions coming from Noel Duggan for "The Bridge of Tears" and from Ciarán Brennan for "Autumn Leaves Are Falling". In the ballad for guitar and low whistle "Fadó" the voice of Máire, cradling the song words of Padraig Duggan, turns regret into melody. "A Mhuirnín O" is a rhythmically playful record of a fancied celtic ritual, very much a Clannad tradition. "Of This Land" is a vocal ballad on Ireland for low whistle, uillean pipes, spanish guitar and bodhrán, with a slow, beatiful cadency. A joyful guitar record, "The Golden Ball" creates a musical break before the magnificent romanticism of the poetical "The Bridge Of Tears" where, in a musical aura of guitars and uillean pipes, the limpid voice of Máire tells us of hurting emotions from 'The last embrace, the final touch' - rendering the end of a love with intense, haunting tone. A sax solo introduces "Autumn Leaves Are Falling", where you can touch with hand the level of confidence and maturity of her performer. My heart goes to Máire's ballad "Let Me See", performed upon a splendid text with a quality of voice that defies any description. "Loch Na Caillí" ends the album as it begins - under the sign of grace. I own "Landmarks" in the 1998 edition, so I don't honestly know the effect of the remastering on the sound quality of the original.