Speaking with the Angel

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Mary Black has one of the most remarkable voices in music today. Cool and clear as a mountain stream, it is also pregnant with the pain of love and loss. SPEAKING WITH THE ANGEL finds the Irish superstar inhabiting a lush set of songs that warmly swaddles and showcases her breathtaking voice. Black brings passion and sensitivity to her interpretations of the best contemporary songwriters, from Dougie Maclean's "Turning Away" to John Gorka's understated letter to a former lover, "Cut by Wire." This time out, she's enlisted Irish folk revivalist Donal Lunny to help her produce the tracks. Together they create sophisticated soundscapes with shimmering guitars, Lunny's bouzouki, and the sparing use of harmonica, ...
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Mary Black has one of the most remarkable voices in music today. Cool and clear as a mountain stream, it is also pregnant with the pain of love and loss. SPEAKING WITH THE ANGEL finds the Irish superstar inhabiting a lush set of songs that warmly swaddles and showcases her breathtaking voice. Black brings passion and sensitivity to her interpretations of the best contemporary songwriters, from Dougie Maclean's "Turning Away" to John Gorka's understated letter to a former lover, "Cut by Wire." This time out, she's enlisted Irish folk revivalist Donal Lunny to help her produce the tracks. Together they create sophisticated soundscapes with shimmering guitars, Lunny's bouzouki, and the sparing use of harmonica, whistles, and accordion. Lunny's influence is particularly strong in the driving but subtle percussion that frames "Bless the Road" and on the collection's emotional tour de force, "Fall at Your Feet." A gorgeous cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold" closes this rich and beautiful album. Kerry Dexter
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Ironically, traditional folk vocalist Mary Black's first American release Shine buried her traditional Irish roots in glossy pop production, obscuring the very quality that interested the labels in the first place. Speaking with the Angel corrects the errors of its predecessor by bringing Black back to her folky origins. The result is not only more marketable, it's also more genuine, more innovative and more listenable. Though production duties are split between Donal Lunny, a ubiquitous presence in Celtic circles, Steve Cooney and Black herself, the sound of the record is remarkably consistent and cohesive. The electronic keyboards that have played a leading role in many of Black's recent efforts are reduced here to tasteful cameos, replaced by the mellow warmth of acoustic guitar, bouzouki, accordion, piano, fiddle, harp and flute. Some of Black's other regrettable tendencies -- oversinging, sentimentality -are present, though in palatable doses. And there are two excruciatingly perky pop songs "Message of Love," "Big Trip to Portland" that shouldn't have made the final cut. But for the most part, Black is very successful at finding the heart of the songs she's chosen and expressing them with honesty and reserve. Which is especially gratifying since she's chosen some excellent songs. Among the artists covered in this collection are Dougie McLean, John Gorka, Ron Sexsmith, and Neil Finn. She does justice to all of them and even improves on Sting's "Fields of Gold" with a soft, lilting version that features a graceful harmonica solo by Brendan Power.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • Label: Curb Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187795822
  • Catalog Number: 77958
  • Sales rank: 19,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turning Away (4:54)
  2. 2 Cut by Wire (4:27)
  3. 3 Don't Say Okay (3:54)
  4. 4 Bless the Road (3:43)
  5. 5 Broken Wings (5:00)
  6. 6 Fall at Your Feet (3:36)
  7. 7 Message of Love (4:04)
  8. 8 Moments (3:52)
  9. 9 Speaking With the Angel (3:26)
  10. 10 Big Trip to Portland (4:34)
  11. 11 I Live Not Where I Love (4:52)
  12. 12 Fields of Gold (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Black Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bodhran
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki, Guitar, Background Vocals, Electric Bouzouki
James Blennerhassett Electric Bass, Double Bass
Liam Bradley Drums, Tambourine
Noel Bridgeman Percussion
Nollaig Casey Fiddle
Steve Cooney Guitar, Percussion, Didjeridu, Double Bass
Pat Crowley Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Hammond Synth
Liam O'Flynn Whistle (Instrument), uillean pipes
Ciarán Tourish Fiddle
Brendan Power Harmonica
Frank Gallagher Fiddle, Viola, Whistle (Instrument), Low Whistle
Lloyd Byrne Percussion
Bill Shanley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Martin Brunsden Vibes
Laoise Kelly Harp
Billy Robinson Bass
Technical Credits
Dónal Lunny Producer
Mary Black Arranger, Producer
Tim Finn Composer
Steve Cooney Producer
Neil Finn Composer
Aiden Foley Mastering
Billy Robinson Engineer
Tony Perrey Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beautiful CD from a Beautiful Voice...

    One of Mary's best. A must have cd that will take you where only Mary can take... An Emotional Rollercoaster...! I love her voice and her songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A BOUNTY O'BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

    A TRUE COMPLIATION OF EMOTION AND EXCELLENT MATERIAL.VOCAL IS STRONG AND GEORGEOUS, AS ONLY THE ARTIST CAN PRESENT. THE BACKROUND INSTRUMENTALS, ARE OF COURSE COMPLIMENTARY TO THE GREAT VOICE OF THE ARTIST.TURNING AWAY AND CUT BY WIRE WERE VERY GOOD OPENERS. HOWEVER I REALLY LOVED THE UPBEAT TEMPO OF DON'T SAY OKAY, MESSAGE OF LOVE AND BIG TRIP TO PORTLAND. SPEAKING WITH THE ANGEL AND FIELDS OF GOLD WERE SUNG WITH GREAT EMOTION.ALL AND ALL THIS WAS ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE.THIS CD IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

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