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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cadiz Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B0000C6662
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Loreena Mckennitt - Book Of Secrets - Cd

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The 'Book of Secrets' is a fantastic album. 'The Mummer's Dance' sets you on your way, and 'The Highwayman' tells a great tale of love and personal self sacrifice by the Inn keeper's daughter. I find that 'Dante's Prayer' provides the most haunting finish to a superb collection of songs, staying with me long after the album has played out. I've since picked up 2 more of Mckennitt's albums, Parallel Dreams' and 'The Mask and Mirror'. Mckennitt is in a class by her self with a most beautful voice to narrate the tale. If you are considering buying one of her albums, start with this one.
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There was one track of hers on the Celtic Chillout collection. It was The Mummers' Dance, an extraordinary track. I have just purchased a pre-release promotional CD of The Book Of Secrets, from which the aforementioned track comes from. The whole album is extraordinary.
There is so much to write about this album that if I tried to express everything I wanted to say, I would lose myself in an ever-decreasing spiral. Let's just say that Ms McKennitt has a very beautiful and original voice, the subjects of her compositions are varied to say the least; there are lots of influences which show themselves in the lyrics and the melodies; the musicianship is truly masterful and she has produced a near-perfect album.
One reviewer of her music suggested that it should be experienced whilst having sex. I think I would rather pay attention to her first and keep my partner waiting .....!
This is an exemplary album and a good way to get into Ms McKennitts brand of Celtic music - as I have. One can only wonder why it has taken me so long to find out about her.
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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 20 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is far from Loreena McKennitt's first album, but it may be her breakthrough album. In this recording she has captured a glorious cross-section of Celtic-influenced international-themed songs. The 'chart topper' on the album is 'The Mummer's Dance', ironically not in the version that was heard on most American radio stations (that is a souped-up version released on CD-single, which was also used for the theme music for a short-lived television series called 'Legacy'). This has the rhythms, instrumentation and lyric qualities one has come to associate with modern Celtic tunes (a la Enya, Marie Brennan, Clannad, etc.).

Other songs are modern-day retellings of folk songs: 'The Highwayman' is a decidedly anti-British-occupation song, in which the heroine sacrifices her life to save her lover who is about to be trapped -- the Celtic peoples have learned from Roman times to the present to drink deep from the cup of sorrow, and this song (among others on the album)is a generous portion for that cup.

My favourite song, however, must be 'Skelling' -- it conjures up visions of monastic vows and solitude, a journey into life's vocation that requires both inward and outward travel far from home, never to return, but ultimately being content and safe in the community. Sweet and melancholy, the learned monk, reminiscent of Saint Francis for his love of animals, is essentially giving his final will and testament, a most spiritual treasure beyond valuing, from someone with vows of poverty.

Interspersed are several instrumental interludes, with differing characters (some decidedly oriental, others western, all however bearing a strong Celtic stamp).

This is a perfect introduction to McKennitt's work, but do not stop there. Her previous work is well worth exploring.
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For those who like Clannad and other Celtic music, Loreena is a real gem. Her voice is very captivating and now I prefer her to Clannad and Enya! Book of Secrets is probably her best album and every single track is excellent. I've had to order most of her albums from US since virtually no one in UK stocks them. I wonder why?
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I was given this CD, after listening to someone elses copy. Loreena has a wonderfull clear voice very easy to listen to. I find the exotic Morrocan/Indian type of blend to this Celtic based music lifts it and makes it more exciting and very different, maybe dare I say not as morose as some Celtic music I have heard !
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If you have listened to Loreena Mckennit previously, and enjoyed her work you will not be disappointed. This is her best work yet. Wonderful sounds and melodies and versions of old fashioned ballads. An album you won't forget. Buy it!
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I based my decision to buy this on reviews and I'm so glad I went with the majority. Loreena has a stunning voice and the music is superb. Relaxing for me as I'm very much a Heavy Rock fan and Blues listener but do occasionally dabble in folk. It's worth every penny as far as I'm concerned and I'm sure to buy a second album from her soon.
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Loreena Mckennit has a genuinely unique output, in that so much of what she records is obviously personal to her, is arranged in a sometimes remarkably innovative fashion and is sung so that her voice, exceptional in itself, is not so much accompanied by the instrumentation but is rather an integral part of that instrumentation.
The originality she demonstrates on every one of her CDs constitutes a feat both of musicianship and of a real human sympathy very few of today's singers can match.
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