Beautiful Wasteland

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Valley
  • UPC: 618321515723
  • Catalog Number: 15157
  • Sales rank: 142,457

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
Denean Composer
Calum Malcolm Mastering
Grant Milne Engineer
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