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Sweet Liberty

Cara Dillon Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Cara Dillon has a rare talent that you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.

Born in Dungiven in 1975 she was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native Co. ... Read more in Amazon's Cara Dillon Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0000AQVEL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. High Tide
2. The Winding River Roe
3. Everywhere
4. There Were Roses
5. Where Are You
6. The Gem Of The Roe
7. Bonny Bonny
8. Erin The Green
9. Broken Bridges
10. Falling Like A Star
11. Standing On The Shore
12. The Emigrant's Farewell

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After one of the most rapturously received solo debuts by any folk artist, Sweet Liberty comes with a lot of expectations. It's no great surprise then that Cara Dillon and partner/producer Sam Lakeman haven't strayed far from the formula that made Dillon such a success. Although there's less reliance on traditional songs, this new album uses many of the same musicians and sticks to similarly sparse crystalline arrangements that periodically build into crescendos, but neatly avoid bombast by subsiding gracefully just when they should.

A big part of Dillon's appeal lies in her girlish voice (similar to Kate Bush with a Derry brogue) and the fact that she often chooses material that has strong connections with her roots--"The Gem of the Roe" and "The Winding River Roe" being two fine examples. Such songs have usually stood the test of time as a result of distinctive melodies and it takes courage to juxtapose them with original material, as Sweet Liberty does with a fair degree of success. While "Everywhere" and "Broken Bridges" pass this test, it's unlikely that "Where Are You" and "Falling like A Star" will be remembered as classics in years to come. Even so, the latter seems worthy of inclusion for its apparently autobiographical content, which could easily be interpreted as a comment on early days in the failed folk "supergroup" The Equation. The mix of five original compositions (up from only two on Cara Dillon), five arrangements of traditional songs and two covers seems judicious, especially given the fine reading of Tommy Sands' affecting anti-sectarian lament "There Were Roses". But it does beg questions about exactly how hard that "difficult third album" will be. --Jon Lusk

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cara Does It Again ! 11 Nov 2003
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The second solo release from the one-time All-Ireland Singing Champion and former member of Oige. As with Cara's first release, husband Sam and brother-in-law Seth both play on this album, and sister Mary once again provides backing vocals. Recorded in Somerset, Sam is also listed the album's producer.
Cara's first album featured only three songs that weren't traditional tunes. With Sweet Liberty, the mix is slightly different - five of the twelve tracks are traditional, five are written by Cara and Sam, with the remaining two having been written by others. One of these songs is "There Were Roses", written by the legendary Tommy Sands. Cara initially recorded it for use on a BBC TV show called "Billy Connolly's World Tour of England, Ireland and Wales". After the episode featuring the track was broadcast, the message boards on Cara's website were virtually flooded (pun entirely intended !) with demands that this song be released. There's no doubt that it will be one of the highlights of the album for many people - it is superbly delivered.
For me, the highlights of this album are - as with her first release - the traditional songs. "The Winding River Roe", which gives a nod to Cara's hometown of Dungiven, features only Cara's voice and Sam tinkling the keyboards. Cara's delivery is so good on this track, I couldn't help wondering why the song hadn't been recorded unaccompanied. Running it close for my Song of the Album award is "The Emigrant's Farewell". One of the songs on the album to benefit from Brian Finnegan's flute playing, it also sees Liam O'Maonlai joining Mary on backing vocals. Liam, of course, is better known as the lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers.

The album opens with "High Tide", one of the songs Sam and Cara wrote themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gourmet delight! 5 Nov 2003
By John
Format:Audio CD
We unfortunately live in a world where our music seems to be going the same way as our food. Fast, rehashed, unimaginative and ultimately unfulfilling. But just when I was about to give up and turn my back on McMusic I stumbled by accident, across a review of a Cara Dillon concert. It got me interested enough to visit her web site and listen to the sample tracks. I quickly bought this and her debut album and was lucky enough to see her in concert recently. It was simply a priviledge to hear her live.
I know my clumsy review could never do justice to Cara's exquisite voice and beautiful music but I am doing my best to spread the word. This album could easily come with a money back guarantee, it's that good! Do yourself a big favour and buy it, then tell your friends to buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it gets better and better 14 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
On first hearing, this album didn't seem as good as the superb 'Cara Dillon' but after constant playing and having the luxury of seeing and hearing these songs performed live, I would now rate this record as good as anything produced this year. It is beautifully sung, played and produced. Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman make a fantastic partnership. The traditional songs are all excellent with 'Erin the Green', for me, the most beautiful (almost sacred in its beauty). The self-penned songs (5 of them) tend to grow on you with personal favourites being 'High Tide'. 'Falling Like a Star' and the brilliant 'Where Are You?'-this latter song has a tremendous arrangement as well as lovely shifts in tempo and mood-brilliant.
As I am old!! I can only compare the excitement of this fledgling career to that of first hearing Mary Black around the time of her 'By the Time it Gets Dark' album. The two are quite unalike in many ways but there is the same excitement, for me anyway, of an artist coming out of the folk tradition in new and exciting ways
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5.0 out of 5 stars A voice of true beauty 2 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Cara Dillon is a fantastic live artist. Whether with the Lakeman brothers or on the present tour with her expanded set of musicians she delivers her songs with a depth and clarity that sets her apart. Her first studio album was haunting in its simplicity relying mainly on traditional songs laid sparce to illuminate her unique vocal style. This new album represents a move towards a fuller sound and includes several self penned songs. It still retains a deceptive simplicity but is augmented by superb musicianship and strong songs. Whilst never reaching the heights of her live performances it is an album well worth buying. Go see her live, if you can, but buy this anyway - you won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She gets better 29 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Cara Dillon since her first album. She has one of the purest voices I have ever heard. This Album is as good as the last.
The production is superb, and her and Sam must be very proud that they are still producing such high quality stuff. This kind of thing puts to shame all those talent-less want to-be's on Pop Idol. She will never earn as much, or achieve their fame levels. But she remains true to her roots, and the music benefits from that.
Her version of "There were Roses" stood out in the Billy Connolly's tour of England, Ireland and Wales. And fits in brilliantly on this Album, simple, subtle, poignant and beautiful.
"The Winding River Roe" harks back to her roots in Northern Ireland, and is just awesome (I have heard her sing it live and am so glad it is on this Album)
Buy this Album, and you will never regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Cara
Another corker from the Irish songbird; full of her typical haunting, gentle, clear voice and wonderful arrangements. It suits me !!
Published 3 months ago by Jaffa John
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Bought as a gift and very much appreciated as Cara Dillon is a marvellous singer. It complements other cd s in the recipients collection.
Published 6 months ago by John Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Cara Dillon!
Most beautiful and soulful music and singing with lots of depth.
Got all of her CDs and DVDs; hope she make a new album soon!
Published 18 months ago by Mr.Mr.
3.0 out of 5 stars On the whole disappointing
I came to this CD having been seduced by Show of Hands and quite enjoying Seth Lakeman and wishing to explore more folk. This is nt a bad CD but its not what I was expecting. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by F. L. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars In hindsight, a really excellent album
I've owned this album since it's release in 2003 and like a couple of other reviewers was originally quite taken by some of it and slightly confused by the rest. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by R Heany
4.0 out of 5 stars Is sweet liberty really sweet??
The answer; yes!! This album is a must have for any folk loving listener. Best tracks include "Where are you now?" and Broken Bridges.... tracks to skip... not many!!! Read more
Published on 5 May 2008 by Mrs. E. C. Hignett
3.0 out of 5 stars More variety needed Cara !
This is nowhere near as impressive as her debut. Despite the beautiful voice I find it very hard work to listen to 12 slow songs in a row, and feel that Cara and Sam Lakeman should... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2007 by Fergal Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars breath-taking
Cara Dillon is an artist i have heard bits and pieces of over the last couple of years. When i finally bought this album i wondered how i could wait to get it. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2005 by "mimarunner"
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Liberty
I first saw Cara live singing with the Equation when they were at the height of their promise as an English Folk/Roots who had the potential to go on and do great things. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2004 by Mr. S. De Monchaux
3.0 out of 5 stars Cara's pours 'Cafe Latte'
After the 'expresso' strength of her eponymously titled debutalbum,Northern Ireland's sultry,fragile songbird leaves behind the safeand familiar territory of traditional ballads... Read more
Published on 26 April 2004 by Arthur Dooley
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