After such a sublime first album it was always going to be a difficult second. They have nearly equalled the beauty of the first album save one monumental mistake. It is hard to imagine anyone singing 'Who knows where the time goes' as wonderfully as it's author, Sandy Denny, although Mary Black did a pretty good job. The mistake here is the histrionics of Sinead O'Connor. This is a melancholic song not one of high emotion. O'Connor is a great singer but this is wholly off beam. I suppose she was railing about the passage of time but Denny's original is wistful and regretful and for this listener that's how the song should be sung. Having said this though, the rest of the album is beautiful; all the Irish language songs are wonderful, the 'Wind that Shakes the Barley' the highlight and there's an excellent reading of Suzanne Vega's strange 'Queen and the Soldier'.
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Indeed not an easy task to come out with an equally fantastic album as their first one. But the beauty and harmony of the two voices is amazing. My favourite tracks are My Dearest Dear and Who knows where the time goes. The irish songs are beautiful too. A must listen to from these ladies from Dingle.