Speaking with the Angel

Speaking with the Angel

by Mary Black
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Overview

Speaking with the Angel

Mary Black has one of the most remarkable voices in music today. Cool and clear as a mountain stream, it is also pregnant with the pain of love and loss. SPEAKING WITH THE ANGEL finds the Irish superstar inhabiting a lush set of songs that warmly swaddles and showcases her breathtaking voice. Black brings passion and sensitivity to her interpretations of the best contemporary songwriters, from Dougie Maclean's "Turning Away" to John Gorka's understated letter to a former lover, "Cut by Wire." This time out, she's enlisted Irish folk revivalist Donal Lunny to help her produce the tracks. Together they create sophisticated soundscapes with shimmering guitars, Lunny's bouzouki, and the sparing use of harmonica, whistles, and accordion. Lunny's influence is particularly strong in the driving but subtle percussion that frames "Bless the Road" and on the collection's emotional tour de force, "Fall at Your Feet." A gorgeous cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold" closes this rich and beautiful album. Kerry Dexter

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2000
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0715187795822
catalogNumber: 77958
Rank: 114475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Black   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bodhran
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Guitar,Background Vocals,Electric Bouzouki
James Blennerhassett   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Liam Bradley   Drums,Tambourine
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion
Nollaig Casey   Fiddle
Steve Cooney   Guitar,Percussion,Didjeridu,Double Bass
Pat Crowley   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Hammond Synth
Liam O'Flynn   Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle
Brendan Power   Harmonica
Frank Gallagher   Fiddle,Viola,Whistle (Instrument),Low Whistle
Lloyd Byrne   Percussion
Bill Shanley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Martin Brunsden   Vibes
Laoise Kelly   Harp
Billy Robinson   Bass

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Producer
Mary Black   Arranger,Producer
Tim Finn   Composer
Steve Cooney   Producer
Neil Finn   Composer
Billy Robinson   Engineer
Tony Perrey   Engineer

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Speaking with the Angel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Mary's best. A must have cd that will take you where only Mary can take... An Emotional Rollercoaster...! I love her voice and her songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A TRUE COMPLIATION OF EMOTION AND EXCELLENT MATERIAL.VOCAL IS STRONG AND GEORGEOUS, AS ONLY THE ARTIST CAN PRESENT. THE BACKROUND INSTRUMENTALS, ARE OF COURSE COMPLIMENTARY TO THE GREAT VOICE OF THE ARTIST.TURNING AWAY AND CUT BY WIRE WERE VERY GOOD OPENERS. HOWEVER I REALLY LOVED THE UPBEAT TEMPO OF DON'T SAY OKAY, MESSAGE OF LOVE AND BIG TRIP TO PORTLAND. SPEAKING WITH THE ANGEL AND FIELDS OF GOLD WERE SUNG WITH GREAT EMOTION.ALL AND ALL THIS WAS ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE.THIS CD IS NOT TO BE MISSED.