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3.0 out of 5 stars Unmoved !, 5 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Live In Dublin (Audio CD)
This is probably treasonous but I find this CD a let down. I would love to have written the previous review but apart from the Welshman's suggestion that the Irish government should be replaced, I find little else to agree with ! Moving Hearts mean different things to different people and they underwent frequent line-up changes, which obviously affected the direction their music took. Donal Lunny's "DEFINITIVE Moving Hearts collection" CD has only 2 of the tracks featured on this disc so that speaks for itself!

Potential buyers need it pointed out that it is an exclusively instrumental offering. Not a problem in itself, but many of these tunes ramble and outstay their welcome. This is basically a live version of their most famous album "The Storm" (which I found to be over-rated), with a couple of fillers added. My main complaint is that these (exceptional) musicians are not particularly good composers or songwriters. Intros are drawn out and (to my mind) fairly pointless jamming takes up a lot of the rest of the time.

The Storm was essentially a Davy Spillane solo project (Donald's gorgeous sax only appeared on 3 tracks, it had only one guitar track),and he is the focal point for much of this concert also. Again not a problem except his later solo material (Atlantic Bridge and Pipedreams especially) is stronger and more dynamic. The new additions, Anto Drennan (replacing guitarist Greg Boland), and Kevin Glackin on fiddle get little opportunity to shine, and their absence would not have been missed.

The best moments are when Keith Donald adds sax to the pipes or improvises, but only The Storm, The Lark and Tribute to Peadar O'Donnell carry real musical weight, and avoid the padding of the rest of the material. The additional musicians plus the talent available could have been much better utilised to introduce more dynamics and better variations to the original recordings but this didn't happen.

Moving Hearts remain a group which together amounts to considerably less than the sum of their parts. If they do produce a new studio album I hope Donal Lunny's love affair with synthesisers and non-stop percussion is held in check. Irish music and uileann pipes in particular need neither ! Not as recommendable as the outstanding Planxty reunion concert.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2016 17:15:57 GMT
dave says:
I couldn't disagree more with this review. The Storm was their most perfectly realised album and the beaming smiles on the faces of band members members and audience testify to the fact that it almost certainly reflects a very minority opinion

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2016 10:31:08 GMT
Fergal Woods says:
I agree The Storm was their best album - but what I said about the underuse of Keith Donald was a fact and opinions will always differ as to what songs are the groups best. I repeat Donal Lunney's "Defininitive Collection" included only 2 tracks that were to feature here. Smiles on faces indicates musicians enjoying playing together - so?
In the cold light of day in my opinion this release could have been so much more. I am glad you loved it because I think it's great that traditional Irish music and musicians can adapt to so many "outside" influences. I'm actually in Glascow as I write to see the Hearts at Celtic Connections tomorrow night !
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