The Wind That Shakes The Barley
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2010 release from the Canadian New Age artist. With her refined harpestry, angelic voice, and melodious compositions, Loreena McKennitt infuses Celtic and New Age sounds with a mix of influences as diverse as Moroccan, Greek, Turkish, Indian, Native American, and Italian. McKennitt's worldwide record sales currently total over 14 million.
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It opens with a hearty rendition of "As I Roved Out," a ballad about a young soldier secretly meeting his lover one night, which is a pretty earthy peppy song for the usually ethereal McKennitt. And in the same tone, there's the bodhran-tinged melody of "The Star of the Country Down," and the silvery-edged earthiness of "Brian Boru's March."
McKennit sounds more at home in the slower songs: the harp melody of "On A Bright May Morning," the melancholy afternoon ballad "Down By The Sally Gardens," the tragic string-laden title ballad, the melancholy wobbles of "The Death of Queen Jane," and the languid instrumental "The Immigration Tunes."
Best moment in the album: the fairylike shimmers of the final song, "The Parting Glass" (complete with McKennitt's whispered, "... that I should rise/and you should not/I'll gently rise and softly call/Good night and joy be with you all").
"The Wind That Shakes the Barley" is a pretty good glimpse of Celtic music as a whole -- there are peppy songs about pretty girls and Irish lads falling in love, but underneath the surface there is blood, tragedy and powerful emotions. It makes you think of early mornings in the forest, cloudy skies and a gentle rain on green fields that stretch out to the sea.
Unlike in McKennitt's other albums, there isn't any Middle-Eastern or Mediterranean influence in these songs.Read more ›
A real accoustic pleasure, very much enjoyable and whispy....
Most recent customer reviews
This is a great CD. I was glad to hear some more traditional music. I still enjoy her other recordings as I have most of them, but it was nice to see her get back to her roots. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loreena McKennit's a good singer and this isn't a bad CD, but she's got better ones out there.Published 13 months ago by C. Smith
As with anything connected to Loreena McKennitt this is a class act from track one to the end of the last ballad on the disc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by spigomars
Great product and service. Smooth as silk. As usual, the music of Loreena McKennit and her wonderful band was simply sublime.Published 23 months ago by Marc H. Stevens
The songs on this album are soothing with a slightly melancholy sound. Very relaxing music for driving in your car. I love it!Published on June 21 2011 by jksmom