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One of the best from an outstanding band!,
This review is from: Recovery (Audio CD)
Many fellow English music fans I meet dismiss Runrig as a 'Scottish band for Scottish people', with the implication that without their 'Scottishness' they would have met with much less success than they have over their now 30 year plus career. To me, this album is as good as any of their back catalogue at proving without a doubt what a foolish and ignorant notion this is. Quite simply, this is just a beautiful sounding collection of songs FULL STOP. Yes the writers'/ performers' fondness for their homeland, and respect for their roots, comes through loud and clear, but no more so than many more contemporary acts (and this in my view should never be a negative thing anyway). However, it is the strong songwriting and muscianship that is the true core to Runrig's work and this is already more than evident here (just their third mainstream album) in songs such as Recovery, Old Boys, and Nightfall on Marsco to name just three.
As with all their recordings some of the vocal tracks are in the bands' native gaelic tongue and the way these songs resonate with a non gaelic speaker such as myself is a testement to the ability of the songwriters (the brothers Rory & Calum MacDonald in the main) or performers in the case of traditional songs. In fact one of my all time favourite Runrig songs appears on this album - 'Ic Iain 'Ic Sheumais', an interpretation of a traditional gaelic song and to my ears this song is as haunting and atmospheric (attributable in no small part to Rory MacDonald's fragile but beautiful, feeling-drenched vocal) as any I have ever heard from any artist.
For those more familiar with Runrig's more recent work, two of the tracks featured on this album, the aforementioned 'Old Boys' along with 'An Toll Dubh' appear re-worked on the 2003 Runrig album (with Paul Mounsey) 'Proterra'.
Ultimately if you are fairly new to Runrig, this is a must for your collection because although the band's sound (and line-up) has changed and progressed over 30 years, this album displays all the fundamental principals that still hold true with their music today.