If you only buy one Clannad album, make it Lore. This just does not get any better!! With their mix of English and Gaelic, with haunting melodies, perfect vocals....ah, pure MAGICK!!!
I have literally worn this CD out!!
on 19 November 2013
I stopped buying Clannad's albums after Macalla and just added a best of album to my collection then picked up another best of album with tracks from Landmarks, Anam and this album. I was so impressed that I bought all three of these albums and have since added their latest album, Ndur to my collection.I thought Macalla was their best ever but Lore scores a photo finish.
on 30 August 2010
As Deborah MacGillivray quite rightly states, this is their best album - and, in my opinion, despite some other brilliant albums, by some distance. This is the perfect Clannad album, a mixture of tracks brilliantly sung in English and Gaelic and with lovely musicianship and arrangements. For me, it takes the band back to their folk roots, but with that New Age gentleness which the Brennan sibling, Enya, would have been proud to be a part of. It was around this time that Maire/Moya Brennan's solo career was moving into top gear and albums that she released after this were of a similar New Age vein.
It would be wrong to single out individual tracks but, if push comes to shove, "A Bridge (That Carries Us Over)", "Trail Of Tears", "Dealramh Go Deo" and "Farewell Love" all do it for me but, honestly, it is the whole collection of tracks which add up to the perfection that this album is.
The bonus CD - Themes and Dreams - is a 6 track, 22 minute disk of songs which have been featured in films or TV shows. "Harry's Game" is there, as is "I Will Find You" (Last Of The Mohicans) and two vocalists featured are Bono (In A Lifetime) and Bruce Hornsby (Something to Believe In). It's a nice little bonus.
on 30 July 2012
If you want to buy a Clannad album, start with this one! The record shows the band at their peak.
The songs on this record are very strong and more cohesiative to each after than the ones on different albums. The mood can be called mystic and ethereal although the sounds are more progressive than their previous albums.Some great folk pieces, multivocal tracks, jazz and Celtic ambient tracks can be found here and I am sure these ones are soul-touching. There is no bad track on the record!
One of the best songs is 'Seanchas' ,which is an uptempo jazzy piece, sung in Irish Gaelic. it was released as the first single off this record. The majestic 'A Bridge (That Carries Us Over)' is another masterpieces alongside with 'Broken Pieces' (written by Moya). From the folk pool and the love folk ballad 'Trathnona Beag Areir' was recorded and it is one of the most wonderful tracks of Clannad.The other traditional song is 'Alasdair Macolla' is a Scottish "waulking" song.
It can be seen that with this album Clannad has created a milestone in their career towards the sky!
This album should have won the Grammy Award in 1997!