by Capercaillie

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With their lush and frequently downright funky arrangements of tunes both traditional and modern and their habit of utilizing electric and electronic instruments as extensively as traditional acoustic ones, it's no wonder that the members of Capercaillie often find themselves being compared to Clannad, an Irish group that takes a similar approach to the music of its region. And yet Capercaillie's modern twist on the Scottish tradition is almost always more satisfying than Clannad's take on the Irish -- perhaps because there's always a core of iron in Capercaillie's sound, whereas Clannad frequently dissolve into new age hokeyness. Listen carefully to the deceptively pretty "Waiting for the Wheel to Turn" -- it's about the "clearances" of the 18th century, a series of wholesale evictions of peasants by their lords. "Coisich, a Rùin," on which Karen Matheson's voice soars above a bed of exotic percussion, is eerily gorgeous; "You Will Rise Again" flirts with bathos without ever giving in. Other Capercaillie albums are more consistently involving, but this one is highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2002
Label: Valley
UPC: 0618321516027
catalogNumber: 15160

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Capercaillie   Primary Artist
Noel Bridgeman   Drums
Marc Duff   Synthesizer,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Bodhran,Wind Synthesizer
Ronnie Goodman   Percussion,Drums
Manus Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Karen Matheson   Vocals
Charlie McKerron   Fiddle
John Saich   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Donald Shaw   Accordion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Capercaillie   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dónal Lunny   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Boland   Engineer
Graham Dickson   drum programming
John Saich   Composer
Jon Turner   Engineer,drum programming
N. McDonald   Composer

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