Sea of No Caresby Great Big Sea
While their name conjures up visions of infinite distances, the sound cooked up by this Canadian combo is all about bridging the gap -- bringing listeners in to a Celt-pop party that never seems to stop. Not quite as rowdy as the Pogues, not nearly as serious as U2, the Sea flow along with an electric energy, but one that's tempered by a warm sense of tradition. The quartet is at its best when interpreting traditional songs, many culled from the rich musical heritage of Eastern Canada. On this outing, the Sea take on "Yarmouth Town" and "Scolding Wife," both of which reel along with gusto, spinning madly in the intersection of Celtic folk and barroom rock. In contrast to earlier discs, Sea of No Cares makes a prominent place for conventional rock rhythms, an addition that may give pause to diehard folkies but one that works quite well on the title track and the sunny "Clearest Indication." Still, much of the album's charm emanates from the warm interplay between the simplest of instruments -- particularly Sean McCann's tin whistles and bodhrans and Bob Hallett's accordion and concertina -- and the abundant joy with which the musicians wield them. No cares at all, just the anticipation of an enjoyable journey ahead.
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- Zoe Records
Performance CreditsGreat Big Sea Primary Artist
Vince Ditrich Drums,Tambourine
Geoff Kelly Flute
Kurt Swinghammer Electric Guitar
Louis C. Thomas Conga,Drums,Tambourine
Sean McCann Guitar,Vocals,Bodhran,Shaker
Alan Doyle Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals
Bob Hallett Bouzouki,Fiddle,Mandolin,Accordion,Vocals,Human Whistle,Low Whistle,Tenor Banjo
Darrell Power Bass,Vocals,Mandola
Gavin Brown Drums
Patrick Boyle Trumpet
Technical CreditsGreat Big Sea Arranger,Producer
Harry Hess Engineer
Andrew MacNaughtan Art Direction
Pete Prilesnik Producer,Engineer
Darrell Power Contributor
Spencer Crewe Engineer
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As a longtime fan of the band, I can say that this album is real departure from the "celt-o-shanty" sound the boys are known for but still an enjoyable listen. If you are looking for great a cappella vocals and trad sound, you may want to choose one of the earlier CD's (a good first choice would be "Rant & Roar" or "Up") instead of this one, which is more pop sounding and mainstream.
Ive got 3 of there CD's and I must say this one kicks but the onlyone in comparison is PLAY. I love track 11 I love any of the songs with the tin whistle.
Sea of No Cares is a fabulous album byt a fabulous group of men from the tropical island of Newfoundland. Great Big Sea is heavily influenced by the musical traditions of their homeland. In this album, they have recorded perhaps their best ever mix of traditional and original songs. From Yarmouth Town to the Barque in the Harbour, you and your fella from Fortune are sure to be swimming in a sea of no cares when listening to this album!
This album is absolutely great. If you don't get it, you'll regret it.
I had the pleasure of watching GBS live and i had no idea what to expect but after the show I was very impressed and proud to have them as one of our own great canadian bands. Fantastic!!!
Their live show at the Big Easy in Boise was my first exposure to Great Big Sea, so I think that's why I'm partial to Road Rage (their live album), but Sea of No Cares is one of their more cohesive albums. I feel pretty darn Irish after listening to BGS. You've gotta love "Clearest Indication", "Scolding Wife", and "Gideon Brown" (which compels me to tap my toes regardless of location).
I've seen ''the Sea'' twice, and while nothing on plastic will ever come close to them in person-this is as good as it can get.If you have ANY kind of road-trip planned-DON'T GO until this is in your car's CD rotation.You'll get there much faster...