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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00004Y347
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Let It Happen 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My Love Is My Rock In The Weary Land 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It's All Gone 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Is She Conscious? 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. We Are Jonah 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Malediction 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dumbing Down The World 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. His Word Is Not His Bond 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Night Falls On London0:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Charlatan's Lament 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Wind In The Wires 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Crown 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Seven years and two Mike Scott solo albums since The Waterboys' previous album, Scott's decision to resuscitate the name of the band that made him famous feels like the decision of a man who has decided to stop running from what he's good at. The second of his solo albums (1997's Still Burning) was infused with the sense of the epic that had always characterised The Waterboys at their best and so this feels like a logical progression. In the Waterboys scheme of things, the records A Rock In The Weary Land has the most in common with are the very early and very late ones. There is little trace of the Irish-folk influence that occupied Scott for much of the early 1990s--this is what Scott once defined himself as "the big music", enormous surging rock ballads, backed by Zeppelin-esque drums, choirs of backing vocalists, strings and what sounds like dozens of guitars. At its peaks, as on the title track and "We Are Jonah", it is vintage Waterboys and, as such, altogether exhilarating. --Andrew Mueller

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Beech on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
For my money this is the best album from the Waterboys since 'This is the Sea', or at least since 'Fishermans Blues', and easily ranks alongside them.
The album has a desolate but epic, massive sound, and its pretty experimental too. Samples, strange ghostly and surreal sounds teased from the guitars, synths and mellotrons, and some really effective effects applied to the vocals (especially on 'His Word is not his Bond'). It sounds amazing - as the NME said "a lesson in the art of production". Most of the trademark Mike Scott optimism and defiance is still evident, but in a different form, more world-wearied and less sure of itself. The huge 8 minute title track is incredible, it sounds almost widescreen - a gospel choir being used to really great effect, massive guitars, and a fantastic mellotron string line coming in towards the end from Thighpaulsandra (Spiritualized). 'Dumbing down the world' is listed as having been recorded in hell, and although it doesn't say, I reckon Satan was the producer. 'Charlatans lament' has a majestic and grand melody, a great chorus, and some of the best lyrics I've ever heard from Mike Scott - it sounds so significant, but somehow the meaning is just out of reach. 'Wind in the Wires' is a beautiful ballad, but with a twist in the form of very heavily distorted guitar and bass. And the album closes with 'Crown', another big, bold epic that sees original Waterboy Anthony Thistlethwaite blasting out a searing electric mandolin solo.
Other highlights are the beautiful other worldly 'Is She Concious', and the incredibly catchy, and totally surreal 'We are Jonah'. There's just not a bad track on here at all - no fillers (like for example 'Corn Circles' from Dream Harder.) I think in time this album will be seen as a classic.
Welcome back - I had forgotten music could be this good!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most people know the Waterboys for the seminal "The Whole of the Moon", a song which still brings nostalgic tears to the eyes of many an ageing ex-80s indie kid. In fact they were one of the most eclectic, versatile bands of the 80s, with a repertoire starting in dark, New Romantic-tinged keyboard pop and ranging widely through rock, blues, Irish folk-rock and the occasional epic ballad. The new album somehow manages to fuse all these influences, along with Scott's continual obsessions with ancient British mythology and the writings of C.S. Lewis, but the sound is bigger, grander, and (quite simply) more utterly pompous than anything that's gone before. The folky guitars of the last three albums have been superseded by a gargantuan, electric sound, but the trademark Scott whimsy is everywhere. So what exactly is "A Rock in the Weary Land"? Scott himself describes it as an account of his personal journey. There's a dark, cynical side to it (the sheer cacophony of "Dumbing Down the World" and the icy, tragic bitterness of the brilliant "Is She Conscious?" have no comparison on any previous Waterboys album) and a heavy dose of the ironic, the confuse.....This is not an easy album to get into because very few of the pieces stand out as songs in their own right. This album is all about atmosphere, a continual brooding epic of keyboard, choirs and thunderous guitars which seems to owe more to the great Prog Rock bands of the 70s than to the Celtic influences of the middle period Waterboys. Ironic really from the man who once complained about someone "running around banging your drum like it's 1973"!Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
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This album is a typical grower with guaranteed longevity. The more you listen the more qualities you will find. My personal favourites are JONAH, LET IT HAPPEN, IS SHE CONSCIOUS and the LAMENT.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sean_miller@mindless.com on 23 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Waterboys, what does it mean? For some the "Big Music" of the mid-eighties, for others one song "The Whole of the Moon", and for many Irish folk rock. However, as soon as the ghostly atmospherics at the start of "Let it Happen" (the opening track on "Rock in the Weary Land") hit you it is clear that this is none of those - this is something new, and something incredible! A 12-track epic journey lasting nearly an hour, the album leaves you gasping at times! "Dumbing down the World" takes you to a dark evil place where chaos reigns, "Night Falls on London" is almost dance, "The Wind in the Wires" is a sad love song and "We are Jonah" a triumphant soon-to-be-classic. The closing song "Crown" contains the lines "I'm gonna play this show even if nobody comes", something that Mike Scott might have been starting to wonder might be his destiny. I can safely say that he can now forget that thought for ever.
Fantastic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2000
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"Rock in the Weary Land" is as important an album for the Waterboys as This is the Sea ever was. It marks both the return of the Waterboys and a heavier style from their lead singer, Mike Scott. This excellent twelve-track CD takes the boys through the songs Mike Scott has been playing live acoustically for the last two years and introduces several new ones -- from the dancy "Night Falls on London" to the fantastic "Charlatan's Lament" -- which the boys played at Glastonbury 2000. "We Are Jonah" is a sure-fire Christmas number one and this album is a worthy part of anyone's collection.
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