Frederick MacDonald

"Derek MacDonald"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (32 of 36)
Location: Scotland

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Mark The Hard Earth ~ Kris Drever
Mark The Hard Earth ~ Kris Drever
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So often when you love a debut album from an artist the follow up never quite lives up to expectations. I can honestly say that this isn't the case with Kris's follow up to Black Water.

Some things remain from the first album - we have two tracks written by Sandy Wright for a start. That had to be good news given the strength of the two he wrote on the first album and I wasn't disappointed. We have Shining Star (albeit with a Phil Cunningham tune called Frank McConnell's Three Step in the middle of it) and Wild Hurricane this time, both beautiful and melancholy.

We also have one track from Boo Hewerdine again. This time it's Sweet Honey On The Rock, one of the more… Read more
Arc Light ~ LAU
Arc Light ~ LAU
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second/third album?, 10 Mar 2009
I bought this in advance from the Lau website which was sending it out a month in advance of the normal release. First 500 copies signed too - so if it's of any interest, Aidan has the best handwriting!
So this is the third album from Lau although only the second studio recording. A couple of the tracks first appeared on the Live album - Banks of Marble and Frank and Flo's and the bonus track (Dear Prudence) was on a Mojo cover-mounted CD of the White Album (well it was a two parter obviously).
I'm always reluctant to do reviews very early on (if you look most of my reviews are of things released years ago). I decided to make an exception here as there really is something special… Read more
North Country ~ The Rankin Family
North Country ~ The Rankin Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Work, 16 Jun 2008
A taste of Scotland via the Rankin family from Nova Scotia. The album gives the whole range of their talents from traditional Gaelic songs, instrumental reels, the sisters amazing harmonies and some of Jimmy's great original songs.

There are so many highlights, but I'll pick out a few:

- Fare Thee Well Love - an atmospheric opening.
- Mull River Shuffle - a Jimmy original with a real traditional Scottish feel and a memorable spoken opening.
- Rise Again - the amazing soaring vocals of Raylene. Don't try to hit that note when you're singing along!

It's also worth checking out Jimmy's solo material,Raylene's solo album and even the Christmas album by… Read more

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