Songs I Love So Well

The Songs I Love So Well

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by Phil Coulter
     
 
Irish music superstar Phil Coulter -- the man behind bestselling Celtic new age albums like Sea of Tranquility, Highland Cathedral, and a number of Bay City Rollers songs -- returns to his favorite task, songwriting. Raiding his own catalogue, the composer sings and plays keyboards on 14 gems that mine the deep Celtic folk tradition of meaningful

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Irish music superstar Phil Coulter -- the man behind bestselling Celtic new age albums like Sea of Tranquility, Highland Cathedral, and a number of Bay City Rollers songs -- returns to his favorite task, songwriting. Raiding his own catalogue, the composer sings and plays keyboards on 14 gems that mine the deep Celtic folk tradition of meaningful lyrics. Intensely personal and occasionally sentimental, Coulter's songs confront difficult subjects. "My Old Man" addresses a father's death; the wrenching confession "My Boy" explains an impending divorce; and "Scorn Not His Simplicity" was written in 1973 to come to terms with his son's Down syndrome . "Keep a Candle in the Window" was inspired by the story of a runaway child, while "Yesterday's Men" shares the wrenching hardships of a factory closing. Two songs -- "The Man from God Knows Where" and "The Town I Loved So Well" -- address the tragic political situation in Ireland; the latter was voted one of the best songs of the millennium by the Irish people. Coulter's songs are easily accessible, with healthy streaks of raw emotion and tender sentiment. His piano accompaniment is strong yet elegant, with just enough keyboards, guitars, and background vocals to fill out the picture and bring the stories alive. It's enough to make one homesick for the Emerald Isle -- a sentiment that Coulter foments even more with "Home Away from Home," "Take Me Home," and "Going Home for Christmas." The Songs I Love So Well may be a bit too syrupy for some, but the master tunesmith's songs are refreshingly honest and evocative.

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Pianist Phil Coulter fills the songs on Songs I Love So Well with his warm Irish brogue as well as his familiar contemporary keyboard style. Large string sections soar beneath his romantic tales of love lost and remembrances of home. While Coulter's debut 1983 Classic Tranquility was entirely instrumental, his live shows usually incorporated one or two vocal numbers. Over the years, the requests for his vocal pieces began to overwhelm the requests for his instrumentals, hence the impetus for this album. Coulter himself admits his limitations as a classic singer, but the warmth and honesty of the man expressing himself through the songs written by his own hand far outweighs any technical abilities he lacks. Most of the songs revolve around the traditional Irish longing for home ("Take Me Home," "Home From the Sea," "The Town I Loved So Well"), as well as several songs about the pain of unrequited love ("I Loved the Ground," "Keep a Candle in the Window"), all with a gruff sentimentality somewhere between Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen. While the musical feel of these songs is closer to adult contemporary, the underlying essence is pure Irish romance.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351531629
catalogNumber:
53016
Rank:
103815

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The Songs I Love So Well 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The appeal of this music spans all age groups- I am a mom of 5 and my youngest is 16. He enjoys this music and has been searching You Tube for more! Being an Irish American- I was removed from the troubles that my ancestors faced in Ireland. This CD has made me curious enough to investigate and read- so as to better understand the powerful tracks , The Man From God Knows Where and The Town I Loved So Well. It is wonderful to hear Phil sing his own songs. The other songs are wonderful also- though Steal Away, Yesterday's Men, and The Old Man- I was a fan of them from Celtic Thunder- but they have become more dear to me after hearing Phil sing them.
sharynd More than 1 year ago
I have had many of Phil Coulter's cd's before, and NEVER expected to be so disappointed. His singing sounds like its a "joke", or not meant to heard by others. If he was on key, you could of fooled me!
What in the world was he thinking? I just don't understand it how this was published. If there was a way to remove his voice and leave the music I would do it.
steveRI More than 1 year ago
Phil has so much great instrumental work, but vocals is not his strength.
Bearlyretired More than 1 year ago
I could listen to this album every day. Phil Coulter is a true folk singer...music and words from the heart. What a pleasure to be able to hear the music from our roots with such feeling. I wish he would do more like this.