on 7 March 2003
The second Shooglenifty album I've bought - and every bit as good as Venus in Tweeds. A cracking mix of traditional celtic sounds with a youthful exhuberance which sticks two fingers up at the more staid celtic outfits, preferring to let its hair down & party. The melodies are intriguingly different, the musicianship high quality, the energy high and the overall effect is just a little more polished that Venus in Tweeds.
Go and buy it, a bottle of malt, get your friends around and have a blast!
on 10 May 2012
This CD takes Scottish folk music as a starting point and does the equivalent of getting it a new haircut and a better wardrobe and taking it out clubbing. And though you might not expect it to, that suits it just fine.
Each track has its own particular mood, most of them to do with getting off your feet and shaking whatever it is that suits you. Not all though; the dub beats and banjo of the third track, A Song For Susie, surprisingly bring a mixture of Gomez and Tom Waits to mind and the last track - but thankfully only the last one - is the sort of soundtrack used in adverts promoting whisky alongside pictures of the Buachaille under lowering skies. It might even have been used for that, and I don't mean to suggest that it's in the least bit bad, but it's a bit of a change of mood from the rest of album.
And then there's the track before last, the joyous The Price Of A Pig. It takes a little while to get into its stride but once it's going, it could awaken the comatose and re-animate the dead. I defy you to listen to it and not move some part of you along with music so infectious it should carry a health warning.
This was my first Shooglenifty CD purchase. It won't be the last and if any of what I've written appeals to you, you really should give it a whirl.
on 8 February 2005
I've said it all with two words. I love all kinds of music, from Joe Cocker to Andrea Bocelli. Not sure where to categorise this Album, Celtikadelia perhaps, with a hint of Arabia. The more you listen the more you get totally hooked on it. My first purchase of an Album from Shooglenifty and it wont be the last. Don't hesitate in doing the same.