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Anam Cara

Medwyn Goodall

Anam Cara

Reviews

  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Type: Album

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: CD

Tracks: 11

Language: English

Total size: 113.55 Mb

Year: 2001

Total price: $1.32

Genres:


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1
$0.12
320
03:01
6.92 Mb
2
$0.12
320
06:24
14.64 Mb
3
$0.12
320
03:18
7.56 Mb
4
$0.12
320
04:17
9.83 Mb
5
$0.12
320
05:31
12.64 Mb
6
$0.12
320
04:12
9.62 Mb
7
$0.12
320
04:22
10.01 Mb
8
$0.12
320
03:27
7.9 Mb
9
$0.12
320
05:23
12.35 Mb
10
$0.12
320
03:05
7.05 Mb
11
$0.12
320
06:34
15.04 Mb


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Generally speaking, I'm an admirer of Goodall's work. I've been totally hooked since that fateful moment when I first heard a preview of "Druid II" in a witch shop in Salem. Despite the tendency to sometimes use cheap and even nasal-sounding instruments in his work (I mean, what *is* that, a bloody kazoo? >__<) I've collected many of his albums and am pleased to have found another here that I at least predominantly enjoy. Many of these tracks are too percussive, but if you've got the energy to deal with that, it's not so bad. Here's my feedback on as many tracks as I can fit in a review (hint, hint, MP3 Caprice...)

"Spin of the Reel" - This one has a rhythm that's a little bouncier than I'd prefer (I'd like to give that guitarist a nice relaxing cup of chamomile tea, honestly...) but since it's pretty even-keeled, staying at relatively the same tempo and intensity with which it begins, I still enjoy it. It's very Celtic.

"Headwind" - This one immediately got my attention with the dark, spiritual beauty in its intro. I was disappointed to hear it take-off into a much busier, more hectic space beginning at about 2:20 (and seriously, what the hell is that whiny, nasal instrument he's blaring? >.<) And the pounding percussion really harshes my mellow. This track would be nice for a night out in an Irish pub or restaurant, but not for the relaxing mood I'm generally trying to create with new-age music. Somebody feed that man a chill-pill! If he'd have kept the drums out of it and maybe used a legit bagpipe (with the volume down and the reverb up) this track would've been very rare pure-gold by my standards.

"The Willow" - I thought at first that this track was going to be a lot more painful to listen to than it was. It seems to be building up to something really intense almost immediately, but it actually stays pretty mellow. The piano is a great choice, and the ethereal synth behind it lends a nice ambience.

"Shadow on the Glen" - Another one whose initial dark, spiritual ambience immediately catches my ear, except the calm darkness in this one lasts much longer. Its darkness is almost ominous to me, but about halfway through, it transitions into a lighter, reassuring piano. Later it comes back to the ambiguous dark-calm, and then finishes that way. This is one of my favorite tracks so far.

"Forgiven" - This is a nice track. It's the kind of thing I'd like to hear in a new-age shop, and definitely welcome background when I'm sitting around my apartment making candles, incenses, wands or otherwise. Sadly just about the 2:00 mark brings the return of that whiny kazoo-esque thing that practically makes my skin crawl, and drums that almost completely ruin the mood for me. Something I do appreciate is the chanting which is pretty consistent in this track. It's in another language (I think a lot of this is in Gaelic) and since I don't speak it myself, it isn't distracting.

"The Wisdom of Ages" - At a low enough volume, I enjoy this track. There is way too much percussion, but when I have the energy to deal with that, it doesn't bother me as much. The melodies are predominantly dark and mysterious in a curiosity-piquing kind of way. It would make good driving music... Especially if you're trying not to fall asleep at the wheel. o.O

"Whisper on the Moors" - I love this track. Nice chanting, consistently mellow vibe and nothing abrasive. It's very soothing and probably my favorite on this album.

Overall I give this four out of five stars.

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