by Markéta Irglová


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The second solo outing from the Czechoslovakian singer/songwriter who rose to fame in 2007 after winning a Best Original Song Oscar for "Falling Slowly" (co-written with Frames singer Glen Hansard under the Swell Season moniker), Muna utilizes the talents of 27 musicians (choir, strings, orchestral percussion) and was inspired by, according to Irglová, Jesus Christ Superstar and author Neale Donald Walsch's book trilogy Conversations with God. Muna, which means "remembering" in Icelandic, is a gospel record through and through, but it also reflects the rugged natural beauty of the land in which it was birthed. Produced with great warmth by Irglová's partner Sturla Mio Thorisson, the 11-track collection begins and ends with the choir incantation "You can have whatever you can dream of," and that simple edict of hope forms the basis, at least ideologically, for everything that lies in between. Lyrically, Muna reads a bit like scripture, even going so far as to intone The Lord's Prayer on the stark and stoic "Without a Map," and the album's unwavering religiosity makes for a rather overly serious listen, especially if one doesn't share the same spiritual persuasion. That said, it's a musically rich audio tome that rarely overplays its hand, despite the fact that it took a small army to create it, and standout cuts like "Point of Creation" and "The Leading Bird," with their hymn-like group vocals, gentle strings, and soft piano, emit a monastic aura that is undeniably comforting.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2014
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778724529
catalogNumber: 87245
Rank: 95645

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Performance Credits

Markéta Irglová   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Sveinbjarnardóttir   Violin
Shahzad Ismaily   Banjo,Percussion
Tim Iseler   Electric Bass
Kristín Erna Blöndal   Choir, Chorus
Benedikt Ingólfsson   Choir, Chorus
Elfa Ingvadóttir   Choir, Chorus
Örn Arnarson   Choir, Chorus
Valgeir Sigurðsson   fender rhodes
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson   Trombone,Vocals
Borgar Magnason   Upright Bass
Hörður Áskelsson   Organ
Hildigunnur Einarsdottir   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Roche   Choir, Chorus
Katie Buckley   Harp
Sturla Mio Þórisson   Percussion,Vocals
Anthony LaMarca   Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Zork   Choir, Chorus
Gudmundur Vignir Karlsson   Choir, Chorus
Aida Shahghasemi   Vocals
Whitni Roche   Choir, Chorus
Zuzana Irglová   Vocals
Rob Bochnikov   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Noelia Zork   Choir, Chorus
Karítas Árny Sturludóttir   Vocals,Laughs
Frank Aaiznink   Percussion

Technical Credits

Markéta Irglová   Composer,Artwork
Valgeir Sigurðsson   Producer
Sturla Mio Þórisson   Producer,Engineer,Artwork,Layout
Nahid Hagigat   Artwork,Cover Art
Aida Shahghasemi   Composer
Mary Reynolds   Artwork

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