IONA - OPEN SKY Original recording remastered
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|1. Woven Cord|
|2. Wave After Wave|
|3. Open Sky|
|5. A Million Stars|
|6. Light Reflected|
|8. Songs Of Ascent (Part 1)|
|9. Songs Of Ascent (Part 2)|
|10. Songs Of Ascent (Part 3)|
|11. Friendship's Door|
Re-issue from the 2001 release, 'Open Sky' contains a good mix of the progressive and ambient music that Iona has become well known for. Comes remastered and is available for the first time in years. Open Sky. 2005.
Top Customer Reviews
In any regard, the first song starts out with a delicate, ethereal almost ghost melody that is outstanding but quickly builds to a very frenetic and heavy 70's type drum bit (and later a guitar solo) that throws your senses into complete opposition. My first bias was that this band is a bunch of old hippies who needed to move forward...but, it's grown on me. I am beginning to see the artistic value.
On a bad day I skip the first track entirely, on a good day it's palatable. As I skipped through the tracks I was also disappointed by the flat melodies that never seemed to resolve well-they always leave the listener grasping. Not an entirely disagreeable thing, but rather inconsistent with some of the musical phrasing. The overall clash of light and heavy elements is a stylistic eccentricity that takes some getting used to. (It's like a painting with a scattered/fractured "focal point")
Subtle tensions and variations that inculcate later songs on the album (that are not so heavily assaulted with the 70's infusion) are refreshing and spiritually uplifting. Tracks 4-9 are good, and 5 is awesome (simple with perfect tension/inflection). Joanne's vocals have also become more soothing and have a calming effect, generally.
Each of Iona's studio albums (Iona, The Book of Kells, Beyond These Shores, Journey Into the Morn, and now Open Sky) deals with a different theme relating to Celtic Christian history. This time around, the band draws its inspiration from Columba's mystical experience with God on the isle of Hinba:"This is where you prayed and Heaven's light shone down/This is where you sang the angel song ... Here you came to make your fast/Prayed for mercy, 'til at last/You heard the word you waited for" (from "Hinba"). A liner note on the inside of the CD jacket provides the listener with additional information on this event. Listening to and reflecting on Iona's albums can be an educational experience!
But Iona is never satisfied to write just one song about such an event. Whatever they choose as the theme of their album becomes the inspiration for several tracks or even the entire album, with a mixture of songs both directly related to the subject matter and ones that indirectly draw contemporary applications from it. "Hinba," not surprisingly to long-time Iona listeners, is followed by the 3-part "Songs of Ascent," a musical exploration of Columba's prayers and, by extension, any prayers that draw us closer to God.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A very nice recording by a group of people who convey their passion for their music. A little bit dated in style, reminiscent of 70's Genesis & Renaissance (both bands that I have... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2010 by Upright Grand Master J
A friend of mine turned me on to Iona some years ago and I am so glad that he did. From the moment I started playing the first song of theirs I ever hear to this CD release I have... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Nathan P. Couch Jr.
A rare beauty of a CD . . . hauntingly beautiful, both calming and inspiring. Great for those of us who can't always fall asleep or wake up just when we'd like . . . Read morePublished on April 16 2003
this newest release from Iona is more progressive with less singing & more instrumentals. Iona normally writes, or should I write "Uses" lyrics of the ancient Celtic Christian... Read morePublished on March 12 2003 by PhiloX
Sweeeeet... wonderful. Inexpensive transportation to the heart of Iona... another place, another time... beautiful pure voice, reverb as deep as the cover art... Rich. Lush. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2003 by Kevin M
....more guitars ? I SAY THATS GOOD more progressive ? YES PLEASE
new drummer? I`M A DRUM TEACHER AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS GUYS GOOD
more subtle references to Christ ? Read more
I've been a big fan of Iona for the longest,and I have to say compare to their past albums this one really bombed. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002 by Gustavo Eduardo Carmona
Iona continues to improve and to break new ground. I thought that Terl Bryant's departure would hurt the group but Van Essen is a suitable replacement; his less artistic drumming... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2001 by Silverhand
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