11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2006
Yes ok, I wouldn't have bought this without Jon Anderson's name on the cover but then I wouldn't have discovered this truly beautiful CD. Played it for the first time on a long car journey today - then a second time - and then a third! Think Olias meets the Promise Ring meets Tubular Bells meets Enya and that's just a flavour! The mix of ancient and modern instruments also adds another dimension to this superb recording. The JA tracks alone are worth the price and there's 14 other gems as a bonus!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2006
This is a superb CD and is by no means dominated by Jon Anderson, instead he complements the production, so his contribution is tasteful yet stunning. The musicianship, the mixture of male and female vocals and recording all round are superb. One can't help conjuring thoughts of ancient times, of music created by pagans. One of the tracks sounded a bit like DeadCanDance (though it isn't). This is not an attempt to pigeon-hole the style but that the resemblance was so strong that I had to check the credits to make sure. In a way the sinister quality of the voice is in contrast to the angelic style of Jon Anderson's. It's a thoroughly enjoyable album, refreshing in that it is devoid of electronics (i.e. synths) yet still engaging and highly listenable. I found myself playing it over and over again. For anyone interested in ancient music or for fans of Jon Anderson, go out and buy it!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2006
Have been a Huge Jon Anderson (and Yes) Fan since 1970 - While this isn't necessarily a 'Bad or Duff' release - Jon sings only only TWO tracks - Barliman's Jig - which is an uptempo (ish) affair - that has Jon doing one of his 'fit as many words into each bar as quickly as I can' type moods, the other track - which is much less frantic( I won't spoil too much of the surprise) is typical ethereal Jon - the remaining tracks on this CD range from excellent (especially the Female Vocals)to one rather 'Dour' track - I'll leave you to decide on that, Adam Pike - does a rather interesting version of Led Zeppelin's 'Battle Of Evermore' - when I first listened to it I thought Oh my gawd what has he done, but found myself listening to it 'in my minds ear' and going back to it.
I would say that 25% of the music is Very Good, 60% Good 10% 'Okay' and 5% Forgettable.
While this may have been a 'labour of Love' the music does have a flavour of elven(ish) about it, influenced by the each contributing artist's perception of what the Elven kind and the Sidhe are baout, also the Cover (which is Beautiful - pity it's not on vinyl!) does compliment the music, and yet there is something lacking, one instance being - It somehow feels as if Jon turned up at the studio - did his bit - as promised - and left....which is a pity, as we could do with far more of this 'genre' of music in the world , rather than all the Dark 'Aggressive Fodder' that is on offer - especially to those Younger Folk......Numariah
on 6 March 2008
Well, not sure if it is precisely what one thinks of when thinking of the "sound" of Middle-earth. But it is a pretty good effort. I was impressed by the sheer literacy of it - not just of the lyrics but of the historical musical/liturgical forms which it references. Have to say, a lot of it reminded me of the sound of early- to middle-period Mediaeval Baebes (which on my planet is a Good Thing, but not everyone would agree!).