Two Horizons

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Clannad vocalist Maire Brennan goes for the brass ring on Two Horizons, spelling her name phonetically on the cover in a move that will make for easy pronunciation. She'll need it, too, as thousands of Enya fans who have been ignorant of the other Brennan sister's spellbinding voice will be inquiring at their local record shops. While the musics of Enya Eithne and Moya Maire have always shared a certain limpid, Celtic dreaminess, Two Horizons makes the connection explicit. Beautifully if heavily produced, the album is of a piece with the soft-focus New Age Celtic sound of A Day Without Rain. The 30 years Moya's spent with Clannad, though, are belied by the presence of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Clannad vocalist Maire Brennan goes for the brass ring on Two Horizons, spelling her name phonetically on the cover in a move that will make for easy pronunciation. She'll need it, too, as thousands of Enya fans who have been ignorant of the other Brennan sister's spellbinding voice will be inquiring at their local record shops. While the musics of Enya Eithne and Moya Maire have always shared a certain limpid, Celtic dreaminess, Two Horizons makes the connection explicit. Beautifully if heavily produced, the album is of a piece with the soft-focus New Age Celtic sound of A Day Without Rain. The 30 years Moya's spent with Clannad, though, are belied by the presence of folk legends such as guitarist Martin Carthy and fiddler Maire Breatnacht, and by Moya's own prowess on the harp, which is featured prominently on Two Horizons. The album has a loose narrative, following a mystic harp once plucked by the High Kings of Ireland atop the hillat Tara site of the two horizons of the title as it changes hands around the world. On "Sailing Away," the harp makes its way to Africa, appropriately accompanied by thundering tribal techno beats; "Mothers of the Desert" makes the most of its airy, expansive ambience, anchored to funky beats out of the Sarah Brightman book. These club-style tracks are balanced by delicate instrumentals such as "Harpsong," but by the end of the journey, Jakatta's punchy remix of "Show Me" shows fans of Clannad and Moya Brennan a new side to this versatile artist.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Moya Brennan's work away from Clannad has always suffered under the weight of comparisons to her sister, Enya. Her tendency to embrace the new age aesthetic that her sibling is so wrongfully accused of has won her as many detractors as it has supporters. On Two Horizons, Brennan embraces that tag, as well as the lush, Celtic mysticism of Enya, resulting in her finest offering yet. Taking a cue from The Red Violin, the record chronicles the history of a legendary harp used for celebration in Celtic mythology. Brennan, a devout Christian, takes a decidedly secular approach with the material, following the harp through the eyes of slave traders "Ancient Town" and an African princess "Sailing Away" to its triumphant return home to Tara in Ireland "Harpsong". The arrangements are heavy on the multi-tracked vocals and keyboards that have come to define the contemporary Celtic genre, but are lent authenticity by Maire Breatnach's strings, Martin Carthy's guitar, and Brennan's inspired harp playing. This is melodically charged new age-progressive Celtic music at its best, and fans of Brennan's work with Clannad will find much to love here, while those turned off by the previous descriptor would do well to distance themselves immediately.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498010686
  • Catalog Number: 000191512
  • Sales rank: 10,170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Show Me (4:57)
  2. 2 Bright Star (4:15)
  3. 3 Change My World (3:46)
  4. 4 Bí Liom (4:32)
  5. 5 Is It Now (Theme) (0:39)
  6. 6 Falling (4:20)
  7. 7 Tara (5:03)
  8. 8 Ancient Town (3:45)
  9. 9 Show Me (Theme) (1:09)
  10. 10 Sailing Away (3:05)
  11. 11 River (4:09)
  12. 12 Is It Now? (3:51)
  13. 13 Mothers of the Desert (3:53)
  14. 14 Harpsong (3:23)
  15. 15 Two Horizons (4:29)
  16. 16 Show Me (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moya Brennan Primary Artist
Keith Duffy Bass
Máire Breatnach Fiddle, Violin, Viola
Bob Love Fiddle
Martin Carthy Guitar
Ross Cullum Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Anthony Drennan Guitar
Ewan Cowley Mandolin
Paul Byrne Percussion, Drums
Brona Cahill Violin
Sandy McLelland Drums
Tommy Kane Viola
Troy Donockley Human Whistle
Nigel Eaton Hurdy-Gurdy
Brendan Monaghan Bodhran
Technical Credits
Ross Cullum Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
Chris Hughes Programming, Executive Producer
John Dunne Programming
Jamie Cullum Engineer
Fionán DeBarra Engineer
Max Hole Executive Producer
Jon Astley Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathe taking

    beautiful. beyond words could say, a powerful voice That touches the soul. a voice from Heaven above, I was touched by god thru this music,buy this must cd,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brillant

    she is much more talented than her sister and this cd proves it she oes the new age thing brillant best iv ever heard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Beautiful !

    Great music to listen to for those days where you just need to relax.Beautiful!. Also try listening to it while its raining, you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    utmost experience

    If there ever was a cd that would let you relax with the calm that you always wanted, then this cd is a must for anyone's collection. You will be lost in thought and free of mind during the short time that the cd plays, to the point that you will want to restart it all over again. Enjoy

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