- Him Bò Hug I Ò tha Mi Ann Am Èiginn
- Turas an Ànraidh /Gheibh Sinn Ribinnean Mòra Mòra [W
- Don't You Go
- Hardiman the Fiddler/My Love's Wedding Ring/The Aphrodisiac
- O Lioba Có Leathag/Mo Ghùn Ùr Sioda
- Seinneam Cliù Nam Fear Ur
- Oran Sugraidh
- The Quimper Waltz/An Damez Josz
- Soldier Boy
- Iain Mór Fada Gòbhlach /A'ràcan a BH, Againne [Big Tall Bow-Legged Iain
- The Reverend/The Hare's Paw/Old New Year/Rose Cottage
- Leodhasach an Tir Chein
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Let's just come right out and say it: no band has modernized traditional Celtic music as successfully as Capercaillie, and none has had such a consistent run of top-notch releases. That they've done so over the course of roughly 20 years is nothing short of astounding. On Roses and Tears, as with all of the best of their previous work, that success is down to several equally important factors: Karen Matheson's clear and sweet-timbred voice, one that negotiates what is sometimes treacherously difficult melodic material with no apparent effort; a band that can recast traditional tunes in a modern setting without any sign of condescension and without cutting any musical corners, and a willingness to incorporate modern technology without a second thought, coupled with an unwillingness to use technology just for the sake of sounding "modern." Most of the material on this album is traditional in origin, and there is a nice mix of vocal and instrumental tunes -- with an emphasis on songs, as there should be when one has a voice like Matheson's on tap. The strongest songs are the Gaelic ones, including the trippingly lovely "Turas an Ànraidh" and a gorgeous and funky rendition of "Him Bò." If the English-language selections are less effective, it's largely because they tend towards topical material (notably John Martyn's excoriating anti-war song "Don't You Go") that will flatter the sensibilities of most listeners but add little of political substance to the issues at hand and not much of musical substance either. Overall, though, this is an exceptionally fine album and a more than worthy contribution to Capercaillie's distinguished catalog.
Performance CreditsCapercaillie Primary Artist
Manus Lunny Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Karen Matheson Vocals
Charlie McKerron Fiddle
Ewen Vernal Bass,Vocals
Michael McGoldrick Flute,Pipe,Human Whistle
David "Chimp" Robertson Percussion
Technical CreditsCapercaillie Arranger,Producer
John Martyn Composer
Paul McGeechan Engineer
David Shaw Composer
Michael McGoldrick Composer
Gilles Le Bigot Composer
Duncan Ban MacIntyre Composer
Grant Milne Engineer
Iain Hutchison Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this for my wife, who is a tremendous, long-time Capercaillie fan. She loved it.