THE BOOK OF SECRETS
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Loreena Mckennitt - Book Of Secrets - Cd
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loreena Mckennitt is one of a kind, a true artist.
She brings together the exotic, the traditional, fables, travels and history and makes it all into music... Read more
I was not aware of this superb artist until a friend lent me a copy of this stunning Celtic & Middle Eastern influenced music which I would highly recommend to anyone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrew Pointon