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2.0 out of 5 stars Accompaniment so bad I'm surprised my ears didn't start bleeding ~, 13 Oct 2013
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This only gets the extra star because there's some interest in the fiddling, though trying to hear it through the awful accompaniment ain't easy. If you can't resist this, turn the BASS all the way down, and if you've an equalizer, well, you might be able to get a slightly better listen, as I eventually did.

Curiosity got the better of me and I had to order this, having crossed paths in the past with both brothers. Sean, as usual, is OTT, and to my ears sounds more American - country, bluegrass, competition fiddle - than Irish, and some of it is just plain silly. But, I'll admit my bias here, I'm no fan, while many are. Jim's fiddle, what you can catch of it, is OK, passable, except for murdering his own composition on track 11, "Waltz of the Butterflies", but, yet again, the accompaniment doesn't help, shows nothing in it I'd call understanding or respect, for the fiddler or the music. It's hardly a waltz, nothing to dance to, but you can just tell it's in 3/4 time.

The worst atrocities were levied on dear Tom Anderson's, track 4, "Da Auld Restin' Chair", which Sean butchers, slashing and plucking. And, here too, the constant and oppressive BOOMING beats and various other daft accompaniments, Sean's and the unnamed boomers, bangers and pickers - bass, keyboard & electric guitar. That 'Night of the Living Dead' track was enough to leave this with the one star we can't remove, which would be the temptation. But, I have to admit, I was interested in hearing how the two, Jim especially, handled the bow on this recording and with these tunes.

It isn't an easy listen, the accompaniment, repeating damnation for it again and again, was in your face, loud, intrusive, disrespecteful, and more of an affront and discomfort to the ears than any of the silliness of Sean's bow. If only they had left the accompaniment out I'd have given it 3 stars ( * * * ), two for 'interest' only.

This is, and I'm going to say it again, some of the WORST accompaniment I've ever suffered through. If it had been a concert we'd have left after the first set, and that would have spared us the awful abuse taht happens with track 4... :-/
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