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The lass & the lads,
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This review is from: Crosswinds (Audio CD)
This second album by the Scottish folk group Capercaillie is as beautiful as anything I`ve ever heard.
Karen Matheson has an ethereal, haunting voice, heard to greatest advantage on the several ballads on Crosswinds, including Soraidh Bhuam Gu Barraidh and Urnaigh A `Bhan-Thigreach, both extremely moving.
There`s an achingly mournful version of My Laggan Love played by Whistle & Recorder wizard Marc Duff, which segues into the suitably irrepressible and jaunty Fox On The Town. This in turn is followed by the final, heart-rending number An Ribhinn Donn, sung with all the evocative grace Karen Matheson has at her considerable disposal. What a voice! It`s a fine and pleasingly downbeat ending to a gorgeous album by this most rewarding of Celtic folk bands.
In between the slower, elegiac songs are more uptempo jigs, reels and the like, played with aplomb by the lads in the band. These only render Karen`s vocal tracks the more welcome, like a cool, sober breeze on a warm and frisky day.
The capercaillie is a large, often fierce bird native to the Scottish Highlands, found nowhere else. Capercaillie is a delightful, versatile group of excellent musicians who travel well.