Unwired: Europe

Unwired: Europe

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It's true there's a renaissance of acoustic music, not just in Europe, but across the globe. However, while many of the performers are younger, it's not quite a new phenomenon -- it's been building for the best part of a decade now. As this disc shows, it's not confined to any particular corner of the continent, or even any age group, ranging from the young

Overview

It's true there's a renaissance of acoustic music, not just in Europe, but across the globe. However, while many of the performers are younger, it's not quite a new phenomenon -- it's been building for the best part of a decade now. As this disc shows, it's not confined to any particular corner of the continent, or even any age group, ranging from the young twentysomethings of Belgium's Läis to veteran artists like Breton Gabriel Yacoub and Márta Sebestyén & Muzsikas from Hungary. There's some stirring music on this, particularly the material from the Balkans, although it's impossible not to warm to the beautiful voices of Cristina Branco and Eleftheria Arvantaki. Mairi MacInnes offers excellent mouth music, although you have to think that "10,000 Miles," the contribution from England's Eliza Carthy, has been over-compiled by now. Pepe Habichuela proves that traditional flamenco is vibrant, while the contribution from Hedningarna isn't the Swedish group's best acoustic material. It's pleasant to hear Altan, but you have to wonder about the compiler's claim that the group was the first Irish folk band signed to a major label -- surely the Chieftains with Columbia managed that well before Altan was a big name. Still, it's about the music, and that's consistently excellent, with exposure to several lesser-known names to complement the bigger acts.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633110128
catalogNumber:
331101

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Altan   Contributor
Capercaillie   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Gabriel Yacoub   Composer
Pepe Habichuela   Contributor
Muzsikas   Contributor
Goran Bregovic   Composer,Contributor
Annbjørg Lien   Composer,Contributor
Hedningarna   Contributor
Eliza Carthy   Contributor
Bjørn Ole Rasch   Composer
Sanna Kurki-Suonio   Composer
Jams   Contributor
Anita Lehtola   Composer
Cristina Branco   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
Wildcat   Artwork
Saban Bajramovic   Composer
Dan "Boxcar" Rosenberg   Sleeve Notes
Totte Mattsson   Composer
Christof Dienz   Composer
Wolfgang Meyering   Composer

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