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Open Sky [Original recording remastered]

Iona Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent exemple de Prog celtique Dec 27 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Le rock progressif à saveur Folk est bien représenté par ce groupe irlandais. Dans la foulée de Mostly Autumn, mais aussi d'Enya, la musique est à la fois d'inspiration traditionnelle, avec quelques flirts occasionnels du côté du New Age, et plus contemporaine. Non seulement la qualité de la production est-elle irréprochable musicalement parlant, mais le timbre et la pureté des voix planent littéralement à des hauteurs vertigineuses. Il n'y a rien dans ce disque qui ébranle les fondements du genre ou qui propulse celui-ci dans une nouvelle direction : c'est plutôt l'exploration d'un territoire déjà délimité, mais dont on est néanmoins très loin d'avoir découvert toutes les richesses qu'il recèle. Enfin, la seule chose qui me retienne de lui accorder la cinquième étoile, c'est que, parfois, il aurait été bienvenu de monter le tempo à un régime un peu plus vif. Tout fan de Folk Prog appréciera Open Sky d'Iona et ceux qui ne connaissent pas le genre pourraient fort bien tomber sous le charme aussi...
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Genesis had been Irish . . . Jan. 1 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 enjoyed listening to over the years). The celtic influence and instrumentaion is the facet that adds the sparkle and makes the music their own - additional star is Joanne Hogg's beautiful vocals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typically awesome worship from IONA May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 nothing but praise for this group. Joanna's solid vocals and the bands incredible muscianship are superb. A true worship experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting used to it... May 6 2004
By Jenni
Format:Audio CD
This is my first experience with Iona and while I love Celtic music and have a few other selections in my music collection, I wasn't sure I liked this CD when I first bought it. From the other reviews on this site I see that perhaps this CD is a new sound??
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.
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 . . . can both soothe you to sleep and make you want to get up to greet a new day. Some tracks are like lullabies, others rousing dances. Many thanks to this fine band!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a 5, but... March 12 2003
By PhiloX
Format:Audio CD
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 past, not the typical modern mediocre of Christian "Pop" which I never listen to. There are references to Christ, but more allegorical or universal (Catholic/Eastern Orthodox Mysticism). After studying the lyrics about silent prayer & darkness into light, Iona seems to reflect the philosophy of either "The Cloud of the Unknowing" or maybe "St. John of the Cross". Iona's music is more of a focus on certain Celtic Christian saints (this CD has some songs about St. Colombo) & their love of God, harmony of nature, & life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime... Feb. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. Cinematic. Wonderful. Simply wonderful. And 23 seconds short of overflowing the CD. I'm hooked.
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....more guitars ? I SAY THATS GOOD more progressive ? YES PLEASE
more subtle references to Christ ? Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by "purplexed"
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs Like a Healing Breeze
To find music like this is a revelation. I don't ordinarily listen to "Christian contemporary" music and can't tell you why I wandered down that aisle of the store, or... Read more
Published on May 15 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars What were you thinking of?
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 more
Published on Jan. 8 2002 by Gustavo Eduardo Carmona
5.0 out of 5 stars Iona's best yet
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 more
Published on Oct. 5 2001 by Silverhand
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
Up to this album I have absolutely loved Iona's music. They had a perfect mix of Rock and Celtic. On this album, almost every song has a screeching lead guitar overwhelming the... Read more
Published on July 11 2001 by Dean Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album Slightly Lower in Quality Than Their Others
Iona is a band that demands attention and concentration. Sure, their striking mixture of Celtic melodies, progressive rock, and (in older releases) jazz sometimes produces serene... Read more
Published on May 4 2001 by Chip Webb
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