Elemental [CD-ROM]by Loreena McKennitt
Loreena McKennitt recorded her 1985 debut on a farm in southern Ontario, a pastoral setting that infuses every note on Elemental with atmosphere and rustic simplicity. What's immediately striking is the Canadian harpist's fully realized voice. Most artists take years to hone their pipes, and that McKennitt brings a nearly finished version to the table on her first outing is not only notable, it's revelatory. McKennitt presents an evenly distributed mix of new age and contemporary Celtic that evokes the work of Enya, Clannad, and Capercaille, adapting the words of Yeats ("Stolen Child") and Blake ("Lullaby") as effortlessly as she rearranges traditional folk songs like "The Blacksmith" or "Banks of Claudy." Elemental may not have the worldbeat scope or acrobatic arrangements inherent in her later works, but its epic balladry and relative sparseness offers an intriguing look at the artist at her most subtle.
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Performance CreditsLoreena McKennitt Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Accordion,Harp,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Multi Instruments
Cedric Smith Guitar,Vocals
Douglas Cambell Recitation
George Greer Acoustic Bass
Pat Mullin Cello
George Greeg Acoustic Bass
Technical CreditsBilly Mather Engineer
Loreena McKennitt Arranger,Producer,Author,Adaptation
Cedric Smith Arranger
David Street Cover Photo
John Hazen Sound Effects
Elliott Hayes Composer,Producer
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I purchased the original Elemental on tape years ago and it openned me up to this other world of music... so strong, so poetic, medieval. I follow her music and enjoyed her in concert in Baltimore. All is done with violin-MIDI and authentic instruments. Wow. ( And I am a classical pianist) .
I have listened to every song and CD by Loreena Mckennitt; I have heard her music at the best and most beautiful. I would say that this CD evokes the Celtic yearning, this is some of Loreena’s best music; not saying that all of her music is wonderful and spellbinding. **This is great music to meditate to, read to, and listen to when you’re driving in the car and want some peace.**
This CD has beautiful vocals, even though it may not have her most exciting work. (For exciting, go with "Live in Paris and Toronto") "The Stolen Child" has a beautiful innocence. W.B. Yeats was a beautiful poet, Ms. McKennitt adds even more innocence to it. The first song on this CD is a beautiful rendition of the "Blacksmith." The last song on this CD has beautiful vocals with soaring descants and harmonies all sung by Ms. McKennitt. Her gorgeous soprano voice vaults to heights unknown in her other CD's. Magnificient.