Beautiful Wasteland

Beautiful Wasteland

by Capercaillie
     
 

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Yet another gorgeous outing from this Scottish group, one that combines, as usual, the band's respectful take on traditional material with its devotion to synthesized, exceedingly funky arrangements. It's a fusion that works far better than you'd think it would, in large part due to the power of Karen Matheson's crystalline voice. See more details below

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Yet another gorgeous outing from this Scottish group, one that combines, as usual, the band's respectful take on traditional material with its devotion to synthesized, exceedingly funky arrangements. It's a fusion that works far better than you'd think it would, in large part due to the power of Karen Matheson's crystalline voice. Beautiful Wasteland was recorded in the mountains of Andalucia, in Southern Spain, and if the album's sound isn't exactly Mediterranean, there's definitely a certain laid-back looseness to much of the proceedings. "M'Ionam" is a traditional song given a lush, sensual arrangement with an almost techno-ish breakbeat buried deep in the mix; "The Tree" combines a gentle sort of acoustic house groove with traditional puirt-a-beul (the unaccompanied, syncopated singing that is often used to accompany dancing in the Scottish tradition). For all the album's beauty, it doesn't ever gather much momentum. Matheson seems to be whispering everything she sings, and those interesting beats never do make it up to the front of the mix. Some will prefer it that way, certainly, and Capercaillie's many fans won't be disappointed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2002
Label:
Valley
UPC:
0618321515723
catalogNumber:
15157
Rank:
124818

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Capercaillie   Primary Artist
Manus Lunny   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Background Vocals
James MacKintosh   Drums
Karen Matheson   Vocals
Charlie McKerron   Fiddle
John Saich   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals
Donald Shaw   Accordion,Keyboards
Michael McGoldrick   Flute,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Chimp   Percussion,Berimbau
Wilf Taylor   Drums
Paloma Loribo   Vocals

Technical Credits

Capercaillie   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Calum Malcolm   Mastering
Grant Milne   Engineer

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