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Clannad prove they continue to create quality music that is uplifting and textural and fascinating
on 23 February 2016
Astonishing quality here from CLannad - along with Legend and Magical Ring this really stands out from what I have heard so far of their twenty-something albums.
The first 5 tracks grab you straight away and I like the blend of traditional, mystical singing with the more pop side of their music - never gets cheesy as this band usually hold on to their mystical airs very well without sounding pretentious at all - a feat in itself in my opinion.
Clannad prove they continue to create quality music that is uplifting and textural and fascinating. Top tracks are the first 5 on the record - especially Brave Enough which has such a strong pop hook blended nicely with a folk sensibility that is startling - this track starts off with a Beatles like guitar strum then the singer and drum kick in with a lively Irish ballad - so sounds like a anthem but also like a folk tale at same time - The second part of the album is less instant but grows on you - like the way the album seems to drift off leaving you unsure because the first 5 tracks have strong hooks and melodies, but the later ones seem softer and more impressionistically constructed with moments of rythmic unison.
Citi na gCumann right at the end leaves my ignorant of Irish language ears wistfully wishing I understood what was being said.....but I kind of like not knowing....loving the texture of the singers wonderful voice. This album has been produced perfectly - and I know this was their first album in a while - but to me from what Ive heard it maybe at least equal to their very best ever.
If you like Clannad then also check out great folk acts like Fairport Convention and more recently Johnny Flynn - now there's three folk bands who will all get on my desert island disc everytime!