After Donnie Munro left the band, I wondered what would become of Runrig. Would they survive? Would they prosper? How different would they be? The first post-Munro album, In Search of Angels left me still unsure. Apart from the brilliant May Morning, the album to me was weak. But with the Stamping Ground all doubts are surely swept away. This is a classic Runrig album with all the ingredients fans have come to know and love over the years. Great tunes, brilliant guitar (and one violin) riffs, some Gaelic, some slow, some fast, bagpipes a-plenty and some pretty useful vocals from Bruce Guthro. I still prefer Munro's voice, but on the post-Donnie songs Guthro sounds very natural and his vocals are a strength on this album. There are probably more faster tempo songs on this album than usual and that for me is a bonus, although the beautiful slow track One Thing is a highlight not to be missed. If you've never heard any Runrig then you could do a lot worse than buy this as an introduction and work backwards. The song-writing talent of the MacDonald brothers is undimmed and for big sweeping tunes Runrig remain unrivalled in modern folk/rock. This is quickly becoming one of my very favourite Runrig albums, and that's saying something. One final thing, if you get the chance to see them live, take it; they are quite brilliant live.