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I've followed Clannad for thirty years [every album and many concerts], so I was very excited by the prospect of a new album, especially after such a long break, and with the return of Pol Brennan, who's writing I tended to like the most. So it is with some reluctance that I give Nádúr only three stars... There is some very good material on this release, but it is dragged-down by some truly awful writing at times... 'The Fishing Blues', sounds like a rip-off of the terrible 'Octopuses Garden' and has some of the worst lyrics I've had the misfortune to hear... 'A quiet Town' also suffers from dreadful lyrics and it sounds very twee, which is not something I would normally associate with a Clannad track. 'Transatlantic' is a very good piece, but the very end sounds strangely tacked on, as if they did know how to bring the song to a close, as do the Bagpipes on the end of 'Turas Domhsa chon na Galldachd'... the timing of the Bagpipe section does not seem to match with the main melody, making it sound very awkward, which is a pity as the track is very good otherwise.
The rest of the album is very good, though it did not send shivers down the spine like some of their other work, and having to skip over two songs each play is a pain... The high point has to be 'Brave Enough' which is a faultless piece of writing, and almost worth the price of admission alone... Vellum comes very close too.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2013 11:21:33 GMT
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I agree with your review - to a point. I also felt underwhelmed the first few times I heard this album, but kept going back to it and didn't skip the 'weaker' tracks. I'm glad I did because now I really enjoy listening to it all and it has acquired greater strength with repeated listens. Despite the flaws you mention with The Fishing Blues, A Quiet Town and Turas Domhsa chon na Galldachd, there's a nice balance to the album overall and it has lots of different Clannad 'flavours'. They've been recording for almost 40 years and I find Nadur represents the various moods and idioms they've explored in that time, and rather wisely it does so by approaching each song with an individual treatment and not trying to cram the 'essence' of Clannad into every track. Perhaps on their next album they'll explore a particular mood more deeply again, but for now I'm encouraged that they're still making records together. One album in 15 years raises a lot of expectation among fans and they're not going to be able to please everyone unless they record more often. I hope it's not another 15 years until the next album. Even at their weakest, there's still something singular about what they do with music and songwriting.
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