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Suas E! [Import]

Mary Jane Lamond Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1. Oran Sniomh (Spinning Song)
2. Seinn O
3. Domhnall Mac 'Ic Lain
4. E Horo
5. Hi Ri Him Bo
6. Bog A'Lochain
7. Horo Mo Nighean Donn Bhoidheach Nan Gormshuil Meallach (A Love Song)
8. Lu O Ra Hiu O (Margaret's Song)
9. Hor Ghoid Thu Nighean (Stepping Song)
10. Tha Mo Run Air A'Ghille (I Love The Lad)
11. Oran Do Ghille A Chaidh A Bhathadh (On The Drowning Of A Young Man)

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While not a native Cape Breton resident, this Canadian singer has spent most of her young life absorbing the local culture and the sounds of the Scots Gaelic language of the region, and now resides there full time. She has a crystalline voice, ethereal and yet not precious. This album is all traditional material, all sung in the old language. The accompaniment is anything but traditional, featuring lots of studio overdubs, synthesizers, and drum kits along with bagpipes, fiddles (including that of Ashley MacIsaac), and flutes. There is an easy comparison to Mouth Music and the myriad Enya-ites, but Lamond's recording rises above most of the Celto-synth music so popular these days. Her voice is right up front all the time, never buried in multiple layers or washes of reverb, always in sharp focus so the songs become the most important element. The production, while sometimes a bit overblown, is always looking for the music's origins, with fine musicians contributing enough acoustic instrumentation to keep it solid and rooted. There is also one track by an older traditional singer, Margaret Mclean of Boisdale, Cape Breton, with Lamond providing a second voice to give you a serious taste of the real tradition. From the most pop cuts to the most austere, Lamond's voice triumphs and the pop production behaves itself, offering a new look at the old songs without pretense or silliness. --Louis Gibson

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Mary Jane Lamond ~ Suas E!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Proud Canadian on Celtic Music. July 18 2000
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Coming from Newfoundland, which is just Northeast of Cape Breton, I can tell you I've heard a lot of Celtic music and Mary Jane Lamond stands out. Her music is both electrical and modern, and laced with that often difficult to attain Celtic pathos. *Suas E!* is the album I give to American friends when I try to describe the spirit of the East Coast of Canada: both modern and ageless. Now that I'm far from home it also brings me back to music that could spring up in the kitchen, seemingly out of nowhere, when the day's work was finally done. Mary Jane's voice is that authentic.
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I first heard Mary Jane Lamond on Ashley Macasic's album Hi How Are You Today. It was immediatley my favorite track.When I got her CD I listened to it three times in a row. Her voice is absolutley mesmerizing. The track sung with the older woman is one of my favorites. I don't understand Galic any more than I do French but I enjoy listening to Mary Jane Lamond as much, if not more, than I enjoy listening to Edith Piaf. This album is amust have regardless of your other musical preferences. I can't wait to see her perform live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, powerful presentation of Celtic songs Sept. 28 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this artist performing with the Chieftans in San Francisco; unavoidably, her album doesn't live up to the strength of her live performance. Still, this recording does a respectable job of capturing her rich voice and virtuosic vocal dexterity as she sings complex Celtic songs. The instrumentation is not particularly noteworthy, but the exceptional vocals make this CD definitely worthwhile for anyone who like Celtic music or powerful and melodic singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Living Tradition Dec 21 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The folk music of Cape Breton was created by musicians using the instruments that were at hand, or makeable by hand. Similarly, on Suas e!, Ms. Lamond utilizes the resources available to her, adding her own contribution to this unique musical style. Her brilliant ability to improvise on the traditional form is proof of her knowledge and respect for it. This music is a living part of that tradition, and makes for an enjoyable and enlightening experience for any listener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD May 14 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I discovered Ms. Lamond on the CD "Bravehearts" and bought her CD because of her beautiful song "E Horo".
I agree that Ms. Lomand's voice is even more impressive in live performance (I was 10 feet from her!), but this music and her talent are so absorbing I feel transported out of my daily existance when I'm listening. I've driven past my exit more than once with this one on, and the volume up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Voice June 12 2000
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I love traditional music. I speak only English. I still love this album. Miss Lamond's voice is very expressive and this album, despite some non-traditional instrumentation does a great job of showcasing it. I own a lot of traditional music, but this album is the one that's been on the top of the pile since I got it about a week ago. I've listened to it at least 10 times and it just gets better with each listening.
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