The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Canadian singer/harpist Loreena McKennitt returns to her roots on The Wind That Shakes the Barley, making an album more in the traditional style of her 25-year-old debut, Elemental, than the more adult alternative hybrid efforts that have been more typical of her work since. Thus, the Celtic side of her music is emphasized in the inclusion of Scottish and Irish traditional songs like the title track, "The Star of the County Down," and "On a Bright May Morning." The last song prominently features her harp, as does the instrumental "Brian Boru's March," and she is accompanied by her usual backup musicians, including Ben Grossman hurdy-gurdy, Brian Hughes guitar, Caroline...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Canadian singer/harpist Loreena McKennitt returns to her roots on The Wind That Shakes the Barley, making an album more in the traditional style of her 25-year-old debut, Elemental, than the more adult alternative hybrid efforts that have been more typical of her work since. Thus, the Celtic side of her music is emphasized in the inclusion of Scottish and Irish traditional songs like the title track, "The Star of the County Down," and "On a Bright May Morning." The last song prominently features her harp, as does the instrumental "Brian Boru's March," and she is accompanied by her usual backup musicians, including Ben Grossman hurdy-gurdy, Brian Hughes guitar, Caroline LaVelle cello, and Hugh Marsh violin. The chief attraction continues to be her haunting voice, which she employs to ethereal effect much of the time, although "The Star of the County Down" finds her taking a livelier, more direct approach, while in "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" her vocal is not so much ethereal as eerie. For many of McKennitt's fans, this will be an album they have been waiting to hear for a long time. For others, it may be a change of pace in which an artist reveals the sources of her individual style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Quinlan Road
  • UPC: 602527539812
  • Catalog Number: 001501502
  • Sales rank: 2,148

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loreena McKennitt Primary Artist, Accordion, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Hughes Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drones
Hugh Marsh Violin
Jeff Bird Mandolin, Mandola, Acoustic Bass
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Tony McManus Acoustic Guitar
Chris Gartner Bass
Andrew Downing Acoustic Bass
Ben Grossman Bells, Bodhran, Shaker, Frame Drum
Jason Fowler Acoustic Guitar
Brian Taheny Mandolin
Pat Simmonds Acoustic Guitar, Button Accordion
Ian Harper uillean pipes
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Loreena McKennitt Composer, Art Direction
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ben Grossman Whistle
William Butler Yeats Composer
Demetris Koilalous Cover Photo
Ian Harper Whistle
Philip Manning Graphic Design, Art Direction
Robert Dwyer Joyce Composer
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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    Masterful

    With this one, Ms. McKennitt returns to her roots. And it works wonderfully. This is, quite possibly, her best one yet. It was a wonderful listen. You know you're listening to something special from the very first sound on "As I roved out." It just draws you right in from the start. "On a bright May morning" has a soulful quality that is simply sublime. "Brian Bough's march" reminds you, initially, of "The stolen child", but it has a quality all its own. "Down by the Sally gardens" is utterly beautiful, while "Star of the country down" is without a doubt the most dancable and exciting song. Meanwhile, "The wind that shakes the barley", for which the album is named, is a haunting, rather mystical song. "The death of Queen Jane" will remind you of the Lord of the Rings' music, and is very beautiful and elegant. "The emmigration tunes" suggests with sadness what might have been. And finally, "The parting glass," which is like nothing I've ever heard from Ms. McKennitt before.

    This cd is fantastic, and I was very glad I had the opportunity to buy it. It was well worth it. It certainly qualifies as one of her best works. Enjoy.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    As always lovely music from Ms. McKennitt.

    As always lovely music from Ms. McKennitt.

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