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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Without the Fanfare finds Mary Black moving firmly into a folk-rock mode, sliding just a bit too smoothly through a program that could have been designed for Richard & Linda Thompson or maybe Clive Gregson & Christine Collister. The sound is consistently low-key and shimmery, with oh-so-tasteful synthesizers flowing silkily under trebly guitars and gently percolating percussion. As long as things remain on that more or less even keel, the results are fairly attractive, but when Black and the band try for a funky island rhythm on "Nightime," the results are downright silly. Things start to look up with the album's one traditional song, a sweet and spare arrangement...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Without the Fanfare finds Mary Black moving firmly into a folk-rock mode, sliding just a bit too smoothly through a program that could have been designed for Richard & Linda Thompson or maybe Clive Gregson & Christine Collister. The sound is consistently low-key and shimmery, with oh-so-tasteful synthesizers flowing silkily under trebly guitars and gently percolating percussion. As long as things remain on that more or less even keel, the results are fairly attractive, but when Black and the band try for a funky island rhythm on "Nightime," the results are downright silly. Things start to look up with the album's one traditional song, a sweet and spare arrangement of the old chestnut "The Water Is Wide" on which the drums are muted and the guitar is acoustic, and texture is provided by a subdued concertina probably actually a synthesizer, best not to think about that and the focus is all on Black's glorious voice. But then we're back in MOR country again and stay there for the duration though "As I Leave Behind Neidin" offers a brief bright spot on the way out. The problem with this album isn't really its slickness; the problem is that Black sounds like she's coasting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/1994
  • Label: Gift Horse
  • UPC: 739341000522
  • Catalog Number: 410005
  • Sales rank: 228,987

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Black Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki
Noel Bridgeman Percussion, Accordion, Drums
Pat Crowley Keyboards
Carl Geraghty Alto Saxophone
Eoghan O'Neill Bass
Declan Sinnott Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Philip Begley Synthesizer
Brian Calnan Percussion
Technical Credits
Fred Koller Composer
Pat Alger Composer
Mick Hanly Composer
Jimmy MacCarthy Composer
Declan Sinnott Producer, drum machine
Philip Begley Engineer
Donagh Long Engineer
Bill Dale Composer
Tony Henderson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD BE

    Absent are the traditional instruments that made her what she is... fantastic ! this one doesn't stand up to Circus, Babes in the Woods or the Holy Ground. This one lacks the music that identifies a Mary Black cd. It's good but not great ! Unfortunately it could have been.

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