Happy Ever After

Happy Ever After

by Fallen Angels


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Happy Ever After

This Irish female vocal quartet sings beautifully, but its aggressively eclectic repertoire sometimes works against it. The best and worst of the group's approach are both in evidence on this album, which features traditional material like "Aililiu Na Gamhna" and "She Moved Through the Fair," alongside covers of songs by Neil Young ("Love Is a Rose"), Julia Fordham (the title track), and Sting ("Fragile"). It's the folkier material that comes off the best -- on "Aililiu Na Gamhna" and "Tha Mullad" the backing harmonies add richness and complexity to the traditional tune, and the group's arrangement of "She Moved Through the Fair" is spare and lovely. But the pop tunes have two strikes against them. First of all, they are poorly chosen; "Love Is a Rose" may resonate with Baby Boomers, but its hippy-dippy sentiments are bound to sound awfully dated to most listeners under the age of 45. And Sting's "Fragile" is simply a bad song, its bathetic fatuity uncomfortably exposed in this bare-bones arrangement. Julia Fordham's "Happily Ever After" fares a bit better, but a halfhearted percussion accompaniment leaves it sounding naked, and not in a good way. This album is pleasant, but not strongly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1999
Label: Tara Records
UPC: 0658206400522
catalogNumber: 4005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fallen Angels   Primary Artist
Neil Young   Track Performer
Julia Fordham   Track Performer
Simon Nicol   Vocals
Dave Pegg   Vocals
Sheldon Harnick   Track Performer
Peter Connolly   Track Performer
Ursula Connolly   Track Performer
Anth Kaley   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Don Grolnick   Composer
Jim McCarthy   Arranger
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Michael Tucker   Engineer
Anth Kaley   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Fallen Angels   Arranger

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