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The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Loreena Mckennitt Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. As I Roved Out
2. On a Bright May Morning
3. Brian Boru's March
4. Down By the Sally Gardens
5. The Star of the County Down
6. The Wind that Shakes the Barley
7. The Death of Queen Jane
8. The Emigration Tunes
9. The Parting Glass

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cd! July 28 2011
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful cd with a marvellous traditional Celtic flare. It is both lively and tranquil, unique among McKennitt's cds and yet consistent with her style -- that is, not so different as to be unrecognizable, but unique enough to contribute variety to her body of work. A lovely addition to my McKennitt collection! I highly recommend this cd to all McKennitt fans and to those who are just beginning to discover her treasure trove of musical gifts to the world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best addition to my 2010 collection Jan. 17 2011
Format:Audio CD
Want to feel a sense of peace? Enjoy a new sense of relaxation. Then this cd will take you to that place. Each time it is played, I am transported to a new place. Loreena has a talent of combing celtic instruments, an enchanting voice and lyrics that make you think. This cd is a must for all those who appreciate the uniqueness that is Loreena.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cd- Long awaited! Dec 20 2010
Format:Audio CD
In continuing her stride, Loreena comes out with another jem!
A real accoustic pleasure, very much enjoyable and whispy....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wind That Shakes The Barley Review Dec 16 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love loreena mckennitts music, and this one is a very good addition to her already impressive song collection. Its a very celtic album like her old stuff but very beautiful and atmospheric. i hope to see her live one day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As I roved out Aug. 25 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There has always been a heavy Celtic influence on Loreena McKennit's music, right back to the beginning of her career. But "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" may be her most Celtic album to date -- a collection of nine Celtic folk songs, driven by McKennitt's powerful voice and some beautiful traditional instrumentation.

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.
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