Without the Fanfare

Without the Fanfare

by Mary Black
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Without the Fanfare

Without the Fanfare finds Mary Black moving firmly into a folk-rock mode, sliding just a bit too smoothly through a program that could have been designed for Richard & Linda Thompson or maybe Clive Gregson & Christine Collister. The sound is consistently low-key and shimmery, with oh-so-tasteful synthesizers flowing silkily under trebly guitars and gently percolating percussion. As long as things remain on that more or less even keel, the results are fairly attractive, but when Black and the band try for a funky island rhythm on "Nightime," the results are downright silly. Things start to look up with the album's one traditional song, a sweet and spare arrangement of the old chestnut "The Water Is Wide" on which the drums are muted and the guitar is acoustic, and texture is provided by a subdued concertina (probably actually a synthesizer, best not to think about that) and the focus is all on Black's glorious voice. But then we're back in MOR country again and stay there for the duration (though "As I Leave Behind Neidin" offers a brief bright spot on the way out). The problem with this album isn't really its slickness; the problem is that Black sounds like she's coasting.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/1994
Label: Gift Horse
UPC: 0739341000522
catalogNumber: 410005

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Black   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki
Noel Bridgeman   Percussion,Accordion,Drums
Pat Crowley   Keyboards
Carl Geraghty   Alto Saxophone
Eoghan O'Neill   Bass
Declan Sinnott   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Philip Begley   Synthesizer
Brian Calnan   Percussion

Technical Credits

Fred Koller   Composer
Pat Alger   Composer
Mick Hanly   Composer
Jimmy MacCarthy   Composer
Declan Sinnott   Producer,drum machine
Philip Begley   Engineer
Donagh Long   Engineer
Bill Dale   Composer
Tony Henderson   Composer

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Without the Fanfare 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absent are the traditional instruments that made her what she is... fantastic ! this one doesn't stand up to Circus, Babes in the Woods or the Holy Ground. This one lacks the music that identifies a Mary Black cd. It's good but not great ! Unfortunately it could have been.