Sean Nos Nua
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Tracklisting 1. Peggy Gordon 2. Her Mantle So Green 3. Lord Franklin 4. The Singing Bird 5. Oro Se Do Bheatha 'Bhaile 6. Molly Malone 7. Paddy's Lament 8. The Moorlough Shore 9. The Parting Glass 10. Baidin Fheilimi 11. My Lagan Love 12. Lord Baker (with Christy Moore) 13. I'll Tell Me Ma
Literally translating as "Old Songs Made New", Sean Nos Nua is a redefining moment in Sinead O'Connor's wayward career, an album composed of songs extracted from the bottomless well of traditional Irish folk song. Indeed, as many have proved in the past, this ancient repository is an apt source of material from which to draw and compliment the outsider's oeuvre of an artistic mutineer such as O'Connor, for, along with the customary stories of lust and heartbreak, Irish traditional song and verse--much like that of other folk song emanating from the British Isles--is stuffed to the gills with bloody narratives of tragedy, intransient rebelliousness and lawless skulduggery.
Despite it's generous thematic share of ex-pat Paddies caught up in foreign wars, nautical misadventure ("Lord Franklin"), murder and piracy, Sean Nos Nua is a very feminine album, with O'Connor at her fragrant, interpretive best on the sorrowful "Molly Malone" and "Lord Baker", which finds Christy Moore revisiting the song he performed with Planxty on the 1982 album Words and Music. Intentions to "sex things up", as O'Connor puts it, give birth to an intriguing reggae undertow on "Óró, Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile" while guest appearances from the Emerald Isle's most eminent bouzouki practitioner Donal Lunny, the Waterboys' Steve Wickham on fiddle, Sharon Shannon on accordion and ON-U Sound producer Adrian Sherwood keep things fresh but traditionally firm-footed enough not to deter purists. And, who knows, the boozy Irish bards and archivists of the future may have occasion to recount the tales of the shaven-headed colleen from Glengeary who ripped up pictures of the Pontiff and whose backside never surrendered to the threat of a star-spangled kicking from the boot of Frank Sinatra. --Kevin Maidment
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I've had albums by other artists and have grown tired of them quickly, but this one is more than just music, it soothes the soul and I doubt I will ever tire of that!
Having purchased the CD I would give it my highest recommendation .............there are no weak or bland tracks on it, and these traditional Irish airs and songs are given the full powerful melodic treatment by a very much on-form Sinead O'Connor.
Standout tracks for me however include Paddy's Lament, The Moorlough Shore, and I challenge anyone to hear Lord Baker, a duet with the incomparable Christy Moore, without goosebumps appearing. This song is for me the highlight of the album.
Go on .........have a listen!
C-d was pre owned.but looked new
Very clean case n disc played fine