Clannad 2

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Though the group would eventually drift into new age territory, with its second effort Clannad was still rooted firmly in traditionalism. Sung almost entirely in Gaelic, Clannad 2 is moody and deliberate, with flashes here and there of romantic yearning or sighing wistfulness. It's played entirely on acoustic instruments and features some great solos from flutist Pol Brennan, particularly on the instrumental "Fairly Shot of Her." Máire Brennan's expressive vocals are of course the album's centerpiece; she can express emotion with subtle changes of inflection or use the full power of the Gaelic language to link Clannad's music to Irish history. This she does to almost ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Though the group would eventually drift into new age territory, with its second effort Clannad was still rooted firmly in traditionalism. Sung almost entirely in Gaelic, Clannad 2 is moody and deliberate, with flashes here and there of romantic yearning or sighing wistfulness. It's played entirely on acoustic instruments and features some great solos from flutist Pol Brennan, particularly on the instrumental "Fairly Shot of Her." Máire Brennan's expressive vocals are of course the album's centerpiece; she can express emotion with subtle changes of inflection or use the full power of the Gaelic language to link Clannad's music to Irish history. This she does to almost scary effect on the driving reel "Gabhar Bán." At the same time, Brennan teams with male harmony for the lilting "Rince Briotánach," which, with its jaunty feel, is the exact opposite of its darker cousin. Together with its counterpart "Dheanainn Súgradh," the latter track blends Ireland's own music with a medieval quality that's particularly striking. It's true that Clannad became known more for fusing roots with modernism than sticking to tradition. But the austere Clannad 2 followed the lead of groups like Planxty and Fairport Convention looking inward and backward for real inspiration. In the process, Clannad made one of its most memorable and powerful albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351790729
  • Catalog Number: 79007
  • Sales rank: 65,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clannad Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Keyboards
Ciaran Brennan Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Brennan Flute, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Robbie Brennan Drums
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill Guitar, Vocals
Noel Duggan Guitar, Vocals
Pat Duggan Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Padraig O'Donnell Vocals
Moya Brennan Harp, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dónal Lunny Producer
Bill Giolando Mastering
Philip Begley Engineer
Pat Morley Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Clannad 2:Roots of a group

    This cd perhaps shows Clannad's roots before they delved into more contemporary sounds. All the songs are relaxing, but one song in aprticular foreshadows the groups evolution, Dheanainn Sugradh. The editoral review is wrong that Ethine Brennan was on this cd, she started with the group later.I believe that the gems on this album are Teidhir Abhaile Riu ,Fairely Shot of Her,a dn An Gabhar Ban. 5 stars

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