Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.
For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.
Capercaillie is a Scottish band steeped in the folk tradition but unafraid of synthesizers, drums and dance beats. Try to imagine the Afro-Scottish fusion of Mouth Music crossed with the new age leanings of Clannad, and you'll have a good idea of what to expect -- lush, pretty settings of stark Celtic melodies with English and Scots Gaelic lyrics delivered by an athletic but restrained female singer. It's a winning combination, and there's hardly a misstep on this fine album. Sure, the evil landowner figure in "Four Stone Walls" is drawn a bit broadly, and the lyrics to "Grace and Pride" are a bit maudlin (what does it mean for honesty to "flow by one's side"?) but these minor flaws are more than compensated for by such stirring moments as "Seice Ruairidh" and "Hi Rim Bo," two pieces of traditional puirt-a-beuil ("mouth music") which were never meant to be accompanied at all but which benefit greatly from the bouncy synth-funk treatment they get here. And "Crime of Passion" is a heart-rendingly lovely ballad which avoids the sappy pitfalls of "Grace and Pride." Singer Karen Matheson has a wonderful voice that will remind Celtic pop fans of Mary Black; the rest of the band do a fine job blending traditional instruments with electronic ones to bring out the best qualities of both.
Performance CreditsCapercaillie Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny Bodhran
Marc Duff Synthesizer,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Bodhran,Soloist,Wind Synthesizer
Manus Lunny Bouzouki,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bazouki
James MacKintosh Percussion,Drums
Karen Matheson Vocals
Charlie McKerron Fiddle
Ian Murray Drums
John Saich Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Donald Shaw Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Iain Murray Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsCapercaillie Arranger
Dónal Lunny Producer
Calum Malcolm Producer,Engineer
Donald Shaw Composer
Merton Gauster Cover Photo
Mary Unobsky Composer
Danny Ironstone Composer