This album finds its feet essentially in Seamus Egan's captivating score. Sarah McLaughlan's track, albeit surreal, is in no way the "highpoint" of this album. This soundtrack showcases Seamus Egan's immense talent as a composer and juxtaposes it well with the film itself. A film about 3 Irish catholic brothers in Long Island trying to find a firm footing. It almost seems to be an estranged relationship with the new land, and their entrenchement with their culture and history, remnescient by the frequent use of the "Irish Guilt" phrase in the movie.
Its this picture of ireland and the roots/culture that Seamus Egan pulls out and paints beautifully on an alien canvas (analogous to their life in USA). The tin whistles, fiddles, harp etc. lend a magical sound.
The Second track "A week in January" opens with a rousing and well paced guitar laden track followed by a very traditional celtic ensemble. "When Juniper SLeeps" and "Once upon a time" are two of the best tracks on the album. Touch that magical chord deep within. Cape Breton set, actually transports one of the north east canadian shores, of which the music is very remniscent. Finally, the final track offers a beautiful and simple closure to the entire labour of love.
The merits of the movie are quite hotly debated, but the strenghts of this score are unquestioned, some even suggesting that whatever little substance the movie had was made bearable by the beautiful score. Certainly i am going to digress from the heated debate on the film content, and urge you to give this listen for what it is worth, the actual score that makes the album, and not the one track which is but a part of the grand ensemble.