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Big Music in a Quiet Room,
This review is from: Universal Hall (Audio CD)
This may not be my favourite Waterboys album (Fisherman's Blues is) but it is the one which marks out Mike Scott for greatness.
Reunited with Steve Wickham and Richard Naiff, he creates a minimalist acoustic template for his spiritual and passionate
music. The lyrics are mantra like and cast off the Dylanisms of the past in favour of a more direct and resonant approach.
Most importantly I cannot think of a record that sounds like this one and 'Live' these songs take off to another level.
Highlights are The Christ in You, Peace of Iona (developed from an ancient Celtic blessing) and the title track, Universal Hall,
which brings the album to a fantastic climax.