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A Different Shore
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Their opening track, "Call of the Child" is one of my favorites for its beautiful, full sound and extremely memorable melody--instantly evocative of a crisp Irish morning or afternoon. Stunning.
Next up is "For Eamonn", a dirgelike but happy little piece that moves into a quiet introspective led by guitars and flutes. Not my favorite by any means, but a contemplative, subtly beautiful piece.
"Falling Apples" is the only song on here I just honestly don't like. Her voice is painfully shrill, and maybe it's just me but it seems to go on for far too long. Moving on...
"The Busker on the Bridge" is another fabulous song, one which makes me think of a pier or small village in the springtime. It's hard to describe just why this song is so good, but it has an exciting, evocative quality that is almost unmatched on the album.
"Morning in Madrid" is absolutely worth the price of the album. Starting with a beautiful piano line and moving into a Renaissance-era violin/guitar ensemble, it is one of the most gorgeous melodies I have ever heard, particularly if you are fond of Celtic music. This song is exceptional, and probably my favorite on the album.
"Another Wee Niece" - takes a while to grow on you, as it's slow and somehow isn't as powerful as the rest, but it's quite a good song as well.Read more ›
At my first hearing I found myself drawn up into the music and carried along from piece to piece, as on a journey. When Triona adds her voice, it is with purpose and intention, as if the album was more than just a collection of songs, but the sum of its parts. Nightnoise may have taken us on a journey to a different shore, but hearing Triona's voice toward the end of the album assured me I had not traveled alone. A Different Shore is an exquisite lyrical journey.
The album's opening track, "Call of the Child," is a relatively simple guitar-heavy song, but it is with "For Eammon" that the mood is set. "For Eammon" is lush and haunting, and the album's closer, "Shuan," is very similar.
In fact, most of the tracks here are mood pieces, with only "The Call of the Child" and "The Busker on the Bridge" refraining from an airy, ethereal sound. Plus, there's "Falling Apples," the only track with lyrics, provided by Triona Ni Dhomnaill. In some ways, it is the low point of the album, as the sudden voice breaks the continuity.
While not an incredible important release, A DIFFERENT SHORE beats most of the new-agey music out there with its musical excellence, genuine compositional talents, and bold realization.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the music arrangements. Ran across a song by Nightnoise on Sirius radio and had to hear more. Not disappointed.Published 12 months ago by Susan K Mayer
I have had this CD for nearly ten years. I still listen to it regularly. I can't think of a better endorsement than that. Read morePublished on March 19, 2006 by C. Johansen
I picked up this CD at the library last week. Have listed to it about 15 times. Yes, I like it. I'm new to this type of music so I can't speak in specifics. Read morePublished on November 3, 2005 by B. A. ROUSH
How on earth do they do it? These gifted folk, clearly not of this world, have managed to create a hybrid of chamber music and Celtic jazz that mesmerizes and transports the... Read morePublished on April 15, 2004 by Caron Ward
Different Shore has a solid 38 minutes of great Celtic instrumental music. Nightnoise members are from Ireland, but recorded in the state of Oregon. Read morePublished on August 1, 2003
I have followed Nightnoise for many years, and have never missed an opportunity to see them in concert. Read morePublished on December 5, 2000 by Mark A. Smith