Julie Fowlis continues to inhabit a musical space of passion, generosity and joyfulness. On this album she also shares songs with other chanteuses of an older generation, Mary Smith and Eddy Reader. As another reviewer points out, this follows Fowlis' belief that a song is a gift (Uam means from me) which is passed to the listener, and if that listener is also musical they may pass it on to another listener in performance. So there is the sense of this music being handed down through the generations.
I'm not Scottish, but the sense of ancientness and 'in the blood'ness in this music is palpable. Maybe its just Fowlis' own inhabiting of the music with such integrity.
As well as the wonderful strange vocals (but if you type juliefowlis followed by a dot and a com you will find her website, where translations are provided, for if you have bought this on mp3 download) there are the complex musical rhythms and textures of the instruments to delight.
As ever, she's produced a haunting album, even the songs of sorrowful yearning speak of joy at feeling itself, and the joy of music. Fowlis may indeed be something of a star on the Celtic music scene, but to listen to her albums, and indeed to see her live, is to experience a performer who serves the music, and the audience for that music, not her own ego. All the musicians shine!