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  • Audio CD (14 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Active Distribution Ltd
  • ASIN: B00005JCFF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have still to come across a band who can affect people the way that Runrig do. Even after a decade of listening to them I still get goosebumps, tears, smiles and I never fail to jump around using every last bit of energy in my body. One song can leave your heart bleeding while the next song can leave a smile on your face that doesnt go away for days. They simply are mesmerising. The Stamping Ground album is simply mesmerising and Bruce Guthro's voice is simply mesmerising. On this album, 'Big Songs of Hope and Cheer' makes me cry and 'The Wall of China' leaves me feeling ready for anything. Everyone should listen to this album (not only once - that will never let you appreciate the gift that Calum and Rory have as songwriters - but day after day) to experience classy sophisticated music. Legends in the making.
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After Donnie Munro left the band, I wondered what would become of Runrig. Would they survive? Would they prosper? How different would they be? The first post-Munro album, In Search of Angels left me still unsure. Apart from the brilliant May Morning, the album to me was weak. But with the Stamping Ground all doubts are surely swept away. This is a classic Runrig album with all the ingredients fans have come to know and love over the years. Great tunes, brilliant guitar (and one violin) riffs, some Gaelic, some slow, some fast, bagpipes a-plenty and some pretty useful vocals from Bruce Guthro. I still prefer Munro's voice, but on the post-Donnie songs Guthro sounds very natural and his vocals are a strength on this album. There are probably more faster tempo songs on this album than usual and that for me is a bonus, although the beautiful slow track One Thing is a highlight not to be missed. If you've never heard any Runrig then you could do a lot worse than buy this as an introduction and work backwards. The song-writing talent of the MacDonald brothers is undimmed and for big sweeping tunes Runrig remain unrivalled in modern folk/rock. This is quickly becoming one of my very favourite Runrig albums, and that's saying something. One final thing, if you get the chance to see them live, take it; they are quite brilliant live.
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If anybody thought Runrig were finished when Donnie left, think again! This is certainly Runrigs finest hour. There is something for everyone. From the accapella track "The Summer Walkers" to the rocky "Wall Of China", not forgetting the ones inbetween such as the wonderfully haunting "Running To The Light", the ballad "One Thing", to the very inventive instrumental "The Engine Room". All in all this album cannot be faulted, miss it at your peril!
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This album represents the wide variety of music that Runrig have long been respected for. My personal favourite "The Engine Room" is a Malcolm Jones instrumental classic featuring guitar and pipe. The other tracks bring out the best of the MacDonald brothers writing - some tracks reminiscent of the songs on the early Recovery album, but with a more modern and up-to-date feel. Others feature the more mature and recent style of the band, and build on the characteristic voice of the Canadian singer Bruce Guthro who has now truly laid the ghost of Donny Munro to rest. Always at their best when seen live, and second best when recorded live, this album nevertheless captures the essential sound of Runrig. The Gaelic tracks, interspersed amongst those written in English, quickly feel right, even to those who are not Gaelic speaking - the trademark of good songwriting. For those who have never listened to the music of Scorland's most influential group this is one to discover.
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Runrig are back with an album which points back to the early days of the band. At the same time the album points forward. The songs are fresh, mostly typical Runrig style but a few are more experimental. 'Running to the Light' is a beauty (and Rory Mcdonald does his best vocals ever). New frontman Bruce Guthro have penned 'One thing' together with guitarist Malcolm Jones. Guthro replaced Donnie Munro as the bands lead vocalist three years ago. Once again he proves that he was the right replacement. Guitarist Malcolm Jones is everywhere on this album with his guitars and pipes. This album is their best ever I think. Buy the album, go to their concerts, be a riggie.
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By A Customer on 6 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Runrig's second album with Bruce Guthro on lead vocals is also the most accessible thing they've produced in years (at least since "Amazing Things"). There's a much simpler feel to this album than the folk-prog epicry of "Mara" and "In Search of Angels"; the songs have a little bit of a rough edge and the same kind of feel as those of "The Cutter and the Clan" (which is perhaps no surprise as that album was all about the Scottish expatriates in Nova Scotia, and it's now a Nova Scotian who is leading the band!). There are moments of aching bleakness (such as "One Thing", Bruce's first songwriting credit with the band), and moments that are sublime and uplifting ("Book of Golden Stories" is a gem of a song, and the acappella "Summer Walkers" is one of the Macdonalds' finest). The sound, whilst much more unmistakably "rootsy" than the last couple of albums, still has a modern edge (the rhythm sections of "Book of Golden Stories" and "Running to the Light" fuse ancient-sounding melodies with thoroughly 21st-century production), and the social conscience of the band hasn't been expressed this powerfully since the lesser-known tracks on "Amazing Things". There's also a side-swipe at record-company market values in the gloriously satirical "Big Songs of Hope and Cheer", which perhaps hints at some untold stories from the past few years in their history. My only real criticism is that better thought could have been given to the ordering of the songs - with most of the heavier sounds clustered together in the first half of the album, you could be forgiven for dismissing this as "another proggy album" before you even get as far as "Summer Walkers". But on the whole, this is a great album, and one that could do much to regain this great band the wide respect that they deserve.
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