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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B00005UV9V
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The Edge Of Silence", Solas' fifth album is set to break them through to the mainstream. Produced by Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney), it features the groups traditionally-rooted material alongside innovative versions of songs by BobDylan, Tom Waits and Nick Drake. In the past five years Solas have built up a massive following and have drawn great crittical acclaim for their past releases and live performances. "The Edge Of Silence" should see the band expand on this fanbase and appeal to a mainstream audience. A five-member Irish-American band of startling instrumental and vocal firepower.

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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
A mixture of Celtic wizardry on violins, flutes, guitars and the like, and contemporary influences. The arrangements of original songs and covers alike are excellent; the syncopated rhythms driving the livelier tracks along energetically, and the lilting sounds of the string and wind instruments enhancing the slower songs. The vocals are not only impeccable, they are also just lovely to listen to! Occasionally you miss a good Bothy Band style boran; the raw beat of the original Irish drum not quite found in the drumkit, but generally this album is superb with a blend of energetic instrumentals and more gentle songs. The arrangement of Dylan's 'Dignity', the original 'Georgia Lee' and 'Beck Street' together show the wide range to be found on the album. Top stuff!
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A deeply disappointing album. Having fallen for Solas and been enthralled by all their earlier albums, I played this one with a sense of eager anticipation only to be overwhemled by a drum machine! More "funk" than "folk". I am no purist and enjoy experimentation but believe that this is too much. It will certainly appeal to some but not fans of their fine first 5. The members of Solas are undoubtedly very fine musicians but some of the heavy-handed arrangements on this album hide their expertise. It also lacks the variety and verve of their previous recordings. The Edge of Silence? - as far as I am concerned this very fine group should have taken that extra step on this ocassion!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness, Darkness 15 Mar. 2014
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The first song is to die for with haunting melodies and purposeful voice delays that make it such a great tune. I liked all the songs on this album except for "Prelude #2/Georgia Lee" which was too slow for my taste. "Poison Jesters Mask" and "Dignity" are stand-outs for me as well, but the other songs are well worth listening to and, all in all, make this a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD 14 Sept. 2007
By Sean Russell - Published on
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I'm Irish -- the real thing, living abroad for 18 years now. And when I crack open a beer or a bottle of wine this is the CD that's gets put on the Harman Kardon first.

The Poisonjester's Mask is my favorite but I can't skip any track on the CD. The Poisonjester just gets played a couple of times more. It starts off slowly and builds up to the thumping good rhythm.

For that matter so does Clothes of Sand and it resonates the most personally -- it focuses on emigration and is unique in that it breaks from the regular vocalist.

If you like your traditional Irish with a modern kick, try this one. But it's not for the purists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Sept. 2016
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Darkness, Darkness and Clothes of Sand are my favorites!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where have you wandered off to, Solas? 25 Mar. 2002
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My experience with Solas goes back to when I was first discovering my Irish roots. I played the heck out of their first few CD's and recently purchased their concert on DVD. In general, I am disappointed with the Irish bands that are becoming Americanized. Plugging in instruments and rock and roll drumming is not unique in the United States. Neither is Bluegrass. What has been unique over many years is the traditional Irish sound of lyrics in the original Gaelic and instruments that could be played in the deep woods around a campfire or in a pub with friends and family. I suppose that is why I am now playing Danu, John Whelan and Dervish more often.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 17 April 2014
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Love the first song, Darkness, Darkness. The Celtic beat is awesome! The entire album has some great song in it with wonderful words.
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