6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Lovely, but rather self-derivative,
This review is from: An Ancient Muse (Audio CD)
You can't really fail to be moved by her voice, and by the sprituality of her music. But this collection feels very familiar.
Look back 16 or so years to the ground-breaking album 'the Visit'. Songs starting with ominously droning bass instruments, before that crysta-clear voice appears; mystical subjects, delicate harp-led instrumental intervals and, with 'the Lady of Shallot' Ms McKennits new-age/Celtic interpretation of classic English poetry.
And with this new offering we find many of the same elements, even down to 'the English Lady and the Night', with, as the sleeve notes tell us 'lyrics by Sir Walter Scott'. Luscious Middle-eastern rhythms and chord changes place much of the music geographically, but it might have been nice to feel more of a sense of artistic progress.
Having said all of the above, I shall continue to be moved by Loreena McKennitt's music, which can touch the soul and move the spirit.