Lights in the Dark

Lights in the Dark

by Hector Zazou


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Lights in the Dark

With Lights in the Dark, Hector Zazou set out to create accessible versions of the ominous, sacred music of Ireland. Utilizing a talented cast of vocalists, Breda Mayock, Katie McMahon, and Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola, Zazou keeps the music relatively quiet. Shimmering bells, plaintive flutes, and Mark Isham's mournful trumpet serve mostly as background noises to the passionate, female vocals. There are moments of great power, such as "Song of the Passion" and "In the Name of the Father May We Gain Victory," and other songs where there's just a few too many hallelujahs for most modern listeners. The title of the album is telling. The vocals are the lights in the dark (the music). The traditional songs are made quite scary, when Zazou isn't taking new age tangents. "Kenning of the Three Marys" sounds downright scary, though its subject matter deals with Christian themes. Most of the songs deal with the Virgin Mary in some respect, but many listeners won't know, since all of the vocals are Gaelic. Fans of Zazou's more gothic Dead Can Dance-like work won't be as interested in this as they were with Zazou's far more accessible earlier albums. Lights in the Dark is nearly overwhelming in its mysterious atmosphere, but there are ample rewards for patient listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/1998
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0639842166225
catalogNumber: 21662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hector Zazou   Primary Artist,Sounds
Mark Isham   Trumpet
Peter Gabriel   Background Vocals
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
Brendan Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Katie McMahon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Núñez   Ocarina
Thierry Robin   Oud
Jacques Pellen   Guitar
Breda Mayock   Vocals,Background Vocals
Daniel Yvinec   Bass
Donovan Jones   Choir, Chorus
Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola   Vocals
Kent Condon   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Arranger
Goh Hotoda   Engineer
Stephen Krause   Engineer
Geoffrey Perrin   Engineer
Hector Zazou   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Ben Findlay   Pro-Tools
Almut Lenz   Liner Notes,Liner Note Translation
Jean-Michel Reusser   Executive Producer
Josee Begaud   Liner Note Translation
Alexis Mauri   Engineer
Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola   Liner Notes
Jean-Louis Merlet   Artwork
Stephan Krause   Engineer

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