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5.0 out of 5 stars
Blast from the past, 20 Dec. 2012
At the time this album was originally released, I didn't like it very much. The first album was more rock-folk whereas this one is more folk-folk-rock light. With the benefit of maturity and hindsight, it now sounds very different to my ears. The Waterboys' first album was quite a smash and I imagine they were under some presure to produce a follow-up album. Instead of repeating the formula, they retreated to a small village about 10 miles west of Galway; Spiddal, the gateway to Connemara - a place where the Irish language and folk traditions are still very much alive and well. As a result, it appears Messrs Scott and Co. came under the influence of matters Irish, Celtic and mystical. Eventually the album was finished many months behind schedule and no doubt sounded very different to most people's expectations of what a Waterboys' album 'ought to' sound like. I now, many years after I first heard the album as a teenager in Ireland, finally get 'it'! The album is infused with the mists and flavours of ancient irish folk culture, beliefs and traditions - a place where faeries are still very much in existence - a mystical, magical and highly spiritual place. The final (or is it the penultimate track?) The Stolen Child, is an interpretation of a classic Yeats's poem which I now find, in my more advanced years, to be beautifully realised and genuinely moving...back in 1984 I though of it as pretentious, ponderous nonsense, recorded by a bunch of English 'plastic Paddys' suffering from an over consumption of Whiskey....my how time can mellow one! Highly recommended album!