6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2001
From first track til last, Landmarks id beautiful, evocative and moving. My favourite Clannad tracks have always been those that invoke a sense of loss, enchantment and timeless places and Landmarks does just that. Their unbeatable blend of traditional and contemporary sound, returns somewhat to their earlier work (Magical Ring, etc) while, refreshingly, I found that I had not heard any of these tracks on previous albums or compilations by the band.
A must for all Clannad fans (both old and new), and anyone who enjoys excellent celtic influenced music.
The 5 stars are well earned in my book. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2001
I think that 'Landmarks' by Clannad has to be one of their best albums to date. As usual it has a decent helping of the Irish evocative music that we so love them for, but also a bit of modern rhythm, especially in An Gleann. But don't let this put you off, 'Landmarks' is a wonderful album that evokes the beautiful scenery of Ireland. This appreciation and love of their homeland shines through on Of This Land, a slow, haunting song with a lilting Irish whistle in the background. Anyway, I hope that this review has turned you on to the wonderful sound of Clannad. Buy this album...you won't regret it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2006
"Landmarks" is a miracle of class, marked by a stylization and rarefaction of sound from celtic tradition, but without the nullification of music and performers of the deceiving "Macalla". "Landmarks" is also a personal triumph for lead vocalist Máire Brennan. She signs here words and music of the ballads "Of This Land" and "Let Me See", and gives life to some of her most striking interpretations. Song texts are a fine work of poetry in this album - other notable contributions coming from Noel Duggan for "The Bridge of Tears" and from Ciarán Brennan for "Autumn Leaves Are Falling". In the ballad for guitar and low whistle "Fadó" the voice of Máire, cradling the song words of Padraig Duggan, turns regret into melody. "A Mhuirnín O" is a rhythmically playful record of a fancied celtic ritual, very much a Clannad tradition. "Of This Land" is a vocal ballad on Ireland for low whistle, uillean pipes, spanish guitar and bodhrán, with a slow, beatiful cadency. A joyful guitar record, "The Golden Ball" creates a musical break before the magnificent romanticism of the poetical "The Bridge Of Tears" where, in a musical aura of guitars and uillean pipes, the limpid voice of Máire tells us of hurting emotions from 'The last embrace, the final touch' - rendering the end of a love with intense, haunting tone. A sax solo introduces "Autumn Leaves Are Falling", where you can touch with hand the level of confidence and maturity of her performer. My heart goes to Máire's ballad "Let Me See", performed upon a splendid text with a quality of voice that defies any description. "Loch Na Caillí" ends the album as it begins - under the sign of grace. I own "Landmarks" in the 1998 edition, so I don't honestly know the effect of the remastering on the sound quality of the original.
on 19 November 2013
I stopped buying Clannad's albums after Macalla and just added a best of album to my collection then picked up another best of album with tracks from Lore, Anum and this album. I was so impressed that I bought all three of these albums and have since added their latest album, Ndur to my collection.I thought Macalla was their best ever but Landmarks scores a photo finish.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2004
Clannad is a genuine Irish band, well known for their haunting music that is a mix of traditional Irish and modern pop and jazz styles. (As a footnote, the popular singer Enya got her start with Clannad!) The music itself is hard to categorize - would you like to call it New Age, or Easy Listening? Well, it's sort of both, and really neither. This is great music, relaxing and thoughtful, almost religious in tone.
I love this album, and enjoy playing it just about all the time. I highly recommend it to everyone who loves good music!