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Gaelic pride, and hearts of olden glory!
on 15 June 2001
Following on from the pretty much home-produced "Recovery" and "Heartland" albums, "The Cutter and the Clan" was a full-frontal assault on the growing folk-rock market of the 1980s, and remains probably the edgiest of the band's numerous albums. Gaelic pride is writ largely across the album from the opening bars of "Alba", but this is much more than a nationalist rock-out - the band have a global social conscience as well, never more powerfully expressed than in the brilliant protest anthem "Protect and Survive". Much of the album reflects on the experiences of the Scottish emigrants to Nova Scotia in the 18th and 19th centuries, and how the heritage of their descendants mingles with the heritage of modern Scotland, making this a sublime storytelling album as well as one of the best pieces of raw folk-rock ever recorded. There are gentler moments too, in the sublime "Worker for the Wind" and "Hearts of Olden Glory" - a sort of nostalgic look at the past, with a yearning for the future to be better.