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After The Break
After The Break

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars After the Break : Planxty, 21 May 2006
This review is from: After The Break (Audio CD)
original line up of christy moore, andy irvine, liam o'flynn, donnal lunny and more.

This irish traditional band have a good mix of some immensely infectious songs and reels. Their great talent is reflected in the crisp instrumentals and distinct vocals. The band knit together with ease to create some superb songs such as the tale of 'The Good Ship Kangeroo'. A few good memorable songs stand out but the rest are just a little muddy and merge into each other. Still the album holds some intresting traditional songs but this just doesnt live up to the standrds of Planxty's previous albums. Give it a try if your a die hard fan!

Another Day
Another Day
Price: £12.68

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SOLAS:dont wait ANOTHER DAY to by this, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Another Day (Audio CD)
This album has all the buzz, beat and ballads i love in traditional music, with a twist. This 5 member irish band displays such amazing talent and intstrumental strength with its crisp and firey sounds and fantastic vocals. This is reflected well in 'scarecrows dream', a powerfull and intense song. There is also a great cover of 'All that you ask me' and there is a good mix of reels and songs. 'Carlisle Street Reels' is a brilliantly mastered piece, woven together with great ingenuity. This album has spirit and grace and hold something very different and original. highly recommended

Pack Of Jokers
Pack Of Jokers
Price: £12.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whapweasel joking around, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Pack Of Jokers (Audio CD)
these guys are fun and frolicky. For those who are Whapweasel virgins and those who have watched thier progress will adore their unmistakable energy. All the tunes on the album have been composed by members of the eight man band.

The album begins with the distinctive and memorable tune `Hanging Off The Edge' which carries the identifiable Whapweasel trademarks.

`Destination Venus' makes light with its melodic tune yet has deep dark undertones, which fuse harmoniously. some good tunes, stacks of energy, unusual and unique arrangements but some of the stuff can sound like one another (as do the albums). The spirit is there but not enough versitility-though still good fun and probably best seen live.

Crossing Tides
Crossing Tides
Price: £13.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Heather Macleod: Crossing Tides, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Crossing Tides (Audio CD)
This compelling debut album from Scottish singer - songwriter Heather Macleod - including double bass player Danny Thompson - is both intriguing and captivating. Macleods unique style and unforgettable velvet voice is evident in songs such as the slow and sincere 'Languid Line' and her cover of Richard Thompson's 'Baby, She Don't know What to Do With Herself'.

The hope and courage expressed in 'Sunshine' is a testimony to Heather Macleod's subtle yet poignant lyrics and the versatility of her talents are revealed in the witty jazz song 'Man of Many Valentines'. The album boasts true individuality and is a diverse collection of honest and beautiful songs.

Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JAMIE KNIGHT : be spellBOUND by this album, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Bound (Audio CD)
Signifying the beginning of over forty minutes worth of rich bittersweet songs about love and life, 'To Forgive' is both ardent and reassuring.

The album boasts beautiful instrumentation and poignant lyrics as heard in 'Girl In The Light', which holds incredible hope, is aspiring and vividly atmospheric and almost supernatural.

The ascetically emotive 'Sentenced Today' is powerful and compassionate, but can also be seen as optimistic towards life and loss, and is probably my favorite track on the album.

Jamie Knight sings with ease and intimacy making it a relaxing listen, yet it bares an underlying anguish for life allowing the listener to contemplate and muse. A unique collection of beautiful songs, complex, contrasting and full of drama they are all bound by one thing, a belief in hope. a relaxing and soulful listen.

Our Time Together
Our Time Together
Price: £10.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Family : Our Time Together, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Our Time Together (Audio CD)
This album is an interesting one. An ensemble of traditional Irish songs and ballads, sung beautifully by the Black family in remembrance of their mother, Patty Black who had sung all the songs to them as children. It has a number of well-known songs such as 'McGilligans Daughter', 'We For One Another' and my personal favourite 'All That You Ask Me'. I quite enjoyed the song Zoological Gardens, which is one I've never heard, and is particularly amusing. All the songs have been well arranged and sung with true dedication.

Legacy of a Quiet Man
Legacy of a Quiet Man
Price: £7.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stone & Farrelly : A Legacy Comes To Life, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Legacy of a Quiet Man (Audio CD)
The `Legacy of a Quiet Man' is a collection of songs written by Dick Farrelly, which includes the world-renowned ballad `Isle of Innisfree' a hit for Bing Crosby. Plus a number of unheard songs discovered by Dick's son Gerard in an old suitcase.

The album contains a mixture of sincere ballads such as the optimistic and upbeat `People Like and Me' and two songs written in Irish are brought passionately to life by Sinead Stone and Gerard Farrelly.

The album exudes a quiet confidence through its wonderful lyrics and fantastic combination of Farrely's thoughtful and meditative backing and Stones strong and colourful voice. Thus blending to create a sensitive and unique performance of Dick Farrellys's beautiful songs and ballads.

Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Love And Justice are Home, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Homeground (Audio CD)
The band is a pretty good all rounder, a mixture of folk and pop, but has a unique style and a definite spark.

The album boasts some great lyrics, acoustic guitar music and fantastic vocals. It has number of very memorable songs and some I cannot help humming away to.

'Welcome to our Garden' opens the album and is a fabulous song. It sets the mood for the rest of the CD and reflects the spirit of the band well.

The track 'Wheatsheaf' possesses a lovely soothing quality and wonderful sentiment. The song beautifully illustrates and compares love with the flourishing seasons and to the growing of the corn. 'Homeground', is a soothing and easy song to listen to. The music is mostly simple and gentle, it is an enjoyable, relaxing listen.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disorder : An Intresting Listen, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Disorder (Audio CD)
This explosive album from the McDermott's 2 Hours and the Levellers collaboration possesses a unique quality and power, with songs such as 'Tod The Ranter' and 'Summer Song'.

This album explores the lighter side of the band, though we discover a more troubled harsher reality of social ills. Here they contemplate life, love and death with humour and well-composed songs. 'Watering the Wine' is a particularly good toe tapping song, with soul and enthusiasm.

'Bloody Sunday' recounts the events of January 1972 in Derry, where 13 lives were taken when troops opened fire on a group of civil rights protesters. This amazingly powerful and atmospheric song, sung honesty and with such compassion, has spirit and pays tribute to those who were killed. A rich tapestry this album is warm and lively but with haunting reflections of the past. they are the essence of Ireland, a little difficult to get into but well worth a listen!

Acoustic Years
Acoustic Years
Offered by CD USA
Price: £17.46

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars folktastic albion band, 21 May 2006
This review is from: Acoustic Years (Audio CD)
i reviewed this album for a magazine when it first came out and still now its one of my favourites. a great collection of the best acoustic music from the albion band with a mixture of jigs, ballads and beautiful tunes. its a nice starter album if you want to test the albion water or even begin a discovery of folk music alltogether. songs such as 'albion heart' and 'we lie' are subtle yet poignant, others such as 'white water running' and 'devil in me' are fast paced and are sung with a definate spark. Some songs also explore the lighter side of the band where they contemplate life with humour. the melodic quality of 'bedtime at bryn rhodyn' makes it one of the best tunes on the album though a number of the songs do stand out from the others. the versitility of the music on this album is amazing. its easy to listen to and the album is honest and distinctive in its organic creation but wholly understated. buy it!

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