Too Close To Heaven CD
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Too Close To Heaven is effectively a long-delayed sequel to The Waterboys' 1988 classic Fisherman's Blues. The sessions that yielded Fisherman's Blues have long been the stuff of legend, and the bare statistics describe a logistical enterprise only slightly less ambitious than D-Day: 41 musicians taking 303 days in 13 studios in four countries to record 159 songs. Mike Scott could continue to release companion pieces to Fisherman's Blues for some time to come. The songs on Too Close To Heaven are all recognisably of the Fisherman's Blues era--this is the lusty take on Irish folk music familiar from that record. What sets Too Close To Heaven apart is that many tracks hark back to the elemental ferocity of earlier Waterboys albums, especially A Pagan Place. On that score, perhaps Too Close To Heaven should be considered more a prequel than a sequel to Fisherman's Blues. Whatever, one can never have too many albums of The Waterboys on this kind of form. --Andrew Mueller
Top Customer Reviews
So what had happened? Tales of Mike relocating to Ireland, of being told by Jackie Leven to "Get on the bus" and doing so -- all hinted at an inner turmoil, of an evolution within the music caused by searching and pain. On "Too Close to Heaven" we gain a fascinating insight into the "missing period" and it's an insight to beat most others. It's a view of a band evolving through experimentation, through improvisation and through sheer musical virtuosity. From the grandeur of "Higher in Time", through the sensitive counselling of "Too Close to Heaven", through the pain of "Blues for Your Baby" to the beauty of "Home in The Meadow" the album delivers nothing that could really be called weak and so much that really moves the listener.
One of the outstanding things on this album is the honesty in the lyrics and the sensitivity of the way the band deals with building a musical canvas around those words -- In "The Ladder" there is just the right acoustic backing, on "Higher In Time" a rich musical canvas and on the closing track "Lonesome Old Wind" dynamic crosswords that you sense just *had* to be there.Read more ›
Overall, a wonderful CD that will be enjoyed by die hard waterpeople everywhere!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very pleased with this Waterboys CD 'Too close to heaven ' which arrived on time and in very good condition. I am enjoying listening to it .Published on 5 Nov. 2012 by Mrs. Anne B. Clarke
In late 1985, Mike Scott went to Dublin for a week to stay with the brilliant fiddler and newest Waterboys member Steve Wickham. He ended up staying in Ireland for six years! Read morePublished on 25 July 2007 by Greg Farefield-Rose
I love the Waterboys. I have all their previous albums as well as the Mike Scott solo records. However this is the biggest load of dirge that I have heard in a long long time. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2001
After the truly awful Room to Roam buying a non-compilation Waterboys CD has been an exercise in optimism rather than expectation. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2001