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  • Audio CD (Nov. 7 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Valley
  • ASIN: B0000JKLVO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Brought Me Up
2. The Wicked Sister
3. Morning In Bearra
4. Full Fathom Five
5. The Waves Of Tory
6. A Maid In Bedlam
7. The Cradles
8. Newry Boat-Song
9. Martha's Harbour
10. The Dark-Haired Girl
11. Port Na Bpucai
12. Silent O Moyle
13. Youkali Tango

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I purchased this CD not knowing anything about Meav or her music, and having only heard a couple 30 second samples. I am NOT disappointed in the least by this CD. Her voice is simply beautiful, and has such clarity. The melodies of her music are lovely and soothing, and I'll definitely be purchasing more from her in the future.
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I bought the first CD of hers and loved it! This one is even better. Meav will sweep you away with her pure voice and haunting lyrics. I defenitely recommend this CD to anyone who wants to relax and escape their problems. Keep up the outstanding work Meav!!
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
The Golden Voice of Silver Sea. Sept. 18 2005
By Reviews No More - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I gushed almost nonstop about Meav's eponymous debut release, but you ain't seen nothing yet! As much as I loved that one, this one is even more incredibly beautiful.

1. "You Brought Me Up:" So very sad and full of longing, this is a song about a human who was once a seal until the pup's mother sent it ashore to live. This is based on one of many Celtic lore tales.

2. "The Wicked Sister:" A tale that's told to many Irish children, it tells the story of a girl who murders her younger sister over both her beauty and the knight who has asked her to marry him. She doesn't count on a minstrel turning the girl's bones and her long golden hair into a harp that tells on her on her wedding day! Very nice harp playing by Meav on this strong track.

3. "Morning in Bearra:" You may recognize this as the melody to "Danny Boy." Though the lyrics are in gaelic and the translation is very different, the feel of the song is still the same loneliness and longing. Also, I need to point out that, on this album, not only are the lyrics supplied, but they are also translated, even the ones she does in French! I like this version far better than the one we all know so well. Taking the time to study some gaelic is very rewarding, because the lyrics are far more beautiful and poetic than when made to fit english song structures.

4. "Full Fathom Five:" A dark, eery song based on Shakespeare's The Tempest. It reminds me a bit of Tori Amos's "Bells for Her," and both songs send a chill down my backbone!

5. "The Waves of Tory:" A song written by Meav's father, very beautiful song of a sailor's homecoming.

6. "A Maid in Bedlam:" A Cornish folk song from the 1700's, the tale of lovers reunited despite his parents' attempts to keep them apart. Truly inspiring song of love conquering the worst of perils! It has a very medieval sound which is surprising for a ballad written in its timeframe.

7. "The Cradles:" This absolutely beautiful French song, "Les Berceaux," tells the very sad story of sailors who will one day leave the mothers whose hands rocked them in their infancy.

8. "Newry Boat Song:" Oh, how I love this song! "Gur h-e mo ghille dubh-dhonn (He is my dark brown lad)." The very sad longing of a maid whose beloved Domhhnall Donn has sailed to Newry and married a young Irish girl there. The lament has a gentle sway, and you even find yourself trying to pronounce that chorus chant.

9. "Martha's Harbor:" Another of my favorite songs on this album, it was originally recorded by All About Eve. This is simply one of the most beautiful contemporary folk songs I have ever heard, or maybe it's the way in which Meav has chosen to interpret it. The melody is gorgeous.

10. "The Dark-haired Girl:" If you aren't good with gaelic enunciation based on its strange spelling, the translation is definitely appreciated. One of those very moody light jigs about a sailor at sea and the "fun" he has with the girls he encounters. I would suppose these men were the rock stars of their day?

11. "Port na Bpucai:" My least favorite song on Silver Sea would have to be this one. I like songs of sadness and longing, as you find several of those in Celtic music, but this keening whale song is far too dreary for my taste, although Meav turns in a beautiful acapella performance.

12. "Silent O Moyle:" I didn't really like this song much until I thought of what it might feel like to have a jealous stepmother queen turn you and your brothers into swans and exile you for 100 years. I always thought it would be lovely to be a swan, but King Lir's daughter Fionnuala feels drastically different.

13. "Youkali Tango:" I absolutely adore this enchanting French tango composed by Kurt Weill in pre-war France when he was struggling to keep a roof over his head. Meav is backed by something of a roaring 20s sounding French arrangement, and the charm of the lyrics, which are translated make it completely irresistible. Check out the translation of this beautiful chorus:

"Youkali is the land of our desires

Youkali is happiness, pleasure

Youkali is the land where we forget all our worries

It is in our night, like a bright rift

The star we follow, it is Youkali

Youkali is the respect of all vows exchanged

Youkali is the land of love returned

It is the hope that is in every heart

The deliverance we await for tomorrow

Youkali is the land of our desires

Youkali is happiness, pleasure

But it is a dream, a folly

There is no Youkali"

And this song was written long before John Lennon even thought of composing "Imagine." As far as I'm concerned, it's my kind of dreamer's song, and if it doesn't enchant and hook you like a fish, I will be flabberghasted. As I said in my other Maeve review, buy both of her albums together, because I already consider this one to be an even better sequel to the first. I know you will fall in love with them equally!
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Hauntingly beautiful voice! March 27 2004
By Brianne Dahlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD not knowing anything about Meav or her music, and having only heard a couple 30 second samples. I am NOT disappointed in the least by this CD. Her voice is simply beautiful, and has such clarity. The melodies of her music are lovely and soothing, and I'll definitely be purchasing more from her in the future.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!! Dec 12 2003
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought the first CD of hers and loved it! This one is even better. Meav will sweep you away with her pure voice and haunting lyrics. I defenitely recommend this CD to anyone who wants to relax and escape their problems. Keep up the outstanding work Meav!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
THE best June 30 2005
By Alexander C. Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have yet to even hear a CD that is neary as overwhelmingly impressive and, well, perfect as Silver Sea. Meav's voice cannot be rivaled in her song selection. Every single song is excellent. Not one is lacking. After each song you will think that it couldn't get any better, and yet it does. I do not throw my praise around lightly, and Meav is indeed most worthy of it. I would unhesitatingly give her a ten (if I could).
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting Dec 17 2004
By Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The music from this 2nd Cd of Meav transports listeners to a place of serenity and peace. A perfect choice of music for relieving stress after a busy day.

If you like Enya or Charlotte Church, you will love Meav's Silver Sea. Meav has a voice of an angel. She sings with such grace; her music is enchanting.

The songs on the CD speaks to many moods.

I start my day with the "Youkali tango" (track 13) with its upbeat music, and "the cradles"(track7) is the best lullabye at the end of the day.

"The waves of Tory" is by far my favorite. The song reminds me that sometimes we all need to come back home to where our hearts belong.

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