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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 16 June 2016
I used to have this album years ago and after going to a Afro Celt gig recently I just had to re-purchase it again. Brilliant fusion of African and Irish instruments and sounds.
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on 23 May 2016
I was missing this one but it was well worth getting, as always, a great album.
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on 18 February 2017
I love ACSS. This is wonderful music!
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on 2 May 2013
Some recognisable tunes and some new ones too... a mix of tribal / celtic/ folk type tunes... well worth a listen, Prompt delivery and on time... Satisfied customer! Thank you!!
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on 23 October 2016
Haunting sounds
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on 28 August 2015
Excellent collection from the talented group.
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on 1 May 2015
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on 12 April 2017
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VINE VOICEon 2 February 2004
Having seen the Afro Celts live in London in 2003, buying their back catalogue was high on my agenda. This, the second album, is my favourite. Imagine a powerful combination of techno synths and Asian and African drums (on stage, they have anything up to four percussionists at any one time) to lay the foundations, with soft, floating Irish pipes, whistles and mellifluous vocals layered on top to chill the soul. At once muscular dance music with a gentle brogue - a pint of Guinness with a stiff chaser of African brew!
This collections starts with the gorgeous Release, aided by Sinead O'Connor, but the really rousing stuff comes towards the end. I just adore the first half of Riding the Waves - spooky, haunting guitar and synth riff, persistant beats from talking drum and a bounty of other percussive instruments - sounding like the theme to a particularly atmospheric gangster thriller - before the vocals soften the effect.
If you get the rare chance, see this band live, but in the meantime this is a fine way to introduce yourself to their material.
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on 7 January 2001
This album combines styles from around the world with deep electronic basslines and hard-hitting drum machines. This is what "World Music" should be; taking ideas and sounds from around the world without trying to fit it into Western composition - they don't simply take African drums, sample them and try and fit them to a 4/4 drum machine. Instead, they cleverly take each of the styles and carefully combine them to create a complex structure.
The clever programming has payed off, though - Volume 2 is an amazing peice of work. It's far more Drum & Bass than the first one, but that's more my style. Excellent - buy it!
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