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Cara Dillon

Cara DillonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00005V8PL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. BLACK IS THE COLOUR
2. DONALD OF GLENCOE
3. CRAIGIE HILL
4. GREEN GROWS THE LAUREL
5. LARK IN THE CLEAR AIR
6. THE LONESOME SCENES OF WINTER
7. BLUE MOUNTAIN RIVER
8. I WISH I WAS
9. THE MAID OF CULMORE
10. SHE'S LIKE THE SWALLLOW
11. I AM A YOUTH THAT'S INCLINED TO RAMBLE

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless ! October 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Born and raised in Dungiven, County Derry, this is Cara's first solo album - she has released albums as part of the bands Oige and Equation. It was when she joined Equation she met the man who became her musical partner (and soon to be husband) Sam Lakeman. Together, they left the band within a year of Cara joining and started working towards this release. Recorded in Donegal and Devon, produced by Sam and released in July 2001 this album is a must-have if (i) you like music of a traditional / folk leaning or (ii) regardless of the musical style, you can appreciate a truly outstanding singing voice.
All but three of the eleven songs on the album are traditional. "Lark in the Clear Air", one of these three, is probably the album's weakest. The lyrics are brimming with so much sweetness, listening too closely to them could cause a feeling of nausea. In fairness to Cara and Sam, it wasn't penned by them - "Blue Mountain River", one of their own compositions, is a much stronger song musically and lyrically.
On the whole, though, I'd have to say I prefer the traditional songs. The album starts with what I'd consider to be the best - "Black is the Colour" and "Donald of Glencoe". However, the rest of the album is far from disappointing - the remaining tracks are all very good and would be the highlights of many other albums. "She's Like the Swallow" especially deserves an honourable mention. Like the rest of the album, it's beautifully played sung - it also has the benefit of not being a straightforward love song !
I'd say this album would be the sort of recording that would suit nicely when you've had a rotten day at work - draw the curtains, stretch out on the sofa, start listening and relax.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winning package! July 8, 2003
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Cara Dillon is young, and she has the voice of an angel. She has an obvious appreciation for pop music, but an abiding love for her Irish traditions. And this, her self-titled debut album, blends both in a winning package.
Most of the songs on Cara's first CD are traditional pieces, arranged by Cara and producer Sam Lakeman to appeal to an audience with a love for Irish traditional ballads and modern pop. With vocals this delightfully vivid, I can only hope Cara continues to explore her traditional roots with an ear for modern arrangements.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keeping the tradition alive March 20, 2002
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I suppose there has been a lot of hype about Cara Dillon-BBC Folk awards etc. but this CD provides the reason, along with her backing tracks on Billy Connolly's latest rambles! The opening track, 'Black is the Colour' is just wonderful, the arrangement, particularly Sam Lakerman's piano, totally transposing something traditional into a vital 21st century song. And so for all the tracks. Much has been written about her beautiful voice, and indeed it is beautiful, but what really hits home with this record is the feeling that here are some young musicians really keeping the flame of traditional music burning brightly for the next generation. Simply brilliant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 27, 2002
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I simply cannot get the disc out of my CD player. Anything you heard about this disc is not hype. This goes beyond Celtic folk though that is the genre you would have to classify it in. Her voice has an ethereal quality, and sounds different than anyone I have ever heard. The music simply grows better as you listen to it repeatedly. Donald of Glencoe is my current favorite, but that has changed. Itis a classic folk collection, but it is more while it remains true to the idiom. It is the best Cd I've purchased in some time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newcomer makes her mark August 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Cara Dillon is (by deduction) Mary Dillon's sister, lead singer of Irish band Deanta. This is Cara's debut album featuring nine traditional songs and two originals in both acoustic and contemporary electric arrangements. Cara has a sweet almost wispy voice, akin to both Mary Dillon and Karan Casey, well suited to this repertoire. The arrangements are all very tasteful, and Cara's style pulls each together and makes them work. The highlights for me are "Black Is The Colour" and "The Maid of Culmore", both tender, romantic and captivating. Others include "Donald of Glencoe", "Craigie Hill", "Green Grows The Laurel", "The Lark In The Clear Air" and "I Am A Youth That's Inclined To Ramble". Production values are not quite as assured as say, Karan Casey's "Distant Shore", but Cara's fine talent will quickly make its mark with a wide audience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Voice September 23, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Her Voice stands out in the music. Also check out Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells III album. She had a lead vocal role in the song "Man in the Rain". She sounds especially outstanding in this Mike Oldfield's composition. My personal favorite of Cara Dillon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keeping the tradition alive March 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I suppose there has been a lot of hype about Cara Dillon-BBC Folk awards etc. but this CD provides the reason, along with her backing tracks on Billy Connolly's latest rambles! The opening track, 'Black is the Colour' is just wonderful, the arrangement, particularly Sam Lakeman's piano, totally transposing something traditional into a vital 21st century song. And so for all the tracks. Much has been written about her beautiful voice, and indeed it is beautiful, but what really hits home with this record is the feeling that here are some young musicians really keeping the flame of traditional music burning brightly for the next generation. Simply brilliant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a treat
I just love her voice and her music. That's saying a lot cuz I'm an old fogy who really doesn't like most modern stuff
Published 8 months ago by doccharli
5.0 out of 5 stars pure.
I think she might be an angel because her voice sure sounds like one. A real pleasure to listen to.
Published 9 months ago by Natural
5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture on album cover!
Another great female Irish singer! You will enjoy listening to this one over and over again. Sweet melodious voice and wonderful traditional and contemporary Irish ballads.
Published 12 months ago by mr toad
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
great music, big "Celtic" fan. She has a great voice and good ear for music. One of the best CD's I own.
Published 12 months ago by carnivalcruiser1
3.0 out of 5 stars Cara D's CD
Beautiful girl and voice but the songs do nothing. Just Irish ballads, which are fine but not exciting. J the )-(
Published 17 months ago by Mj Buckingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively Angelic
Sends the listener into a reverie of Celtic bliss. These songs are classics sung with her unique artistic rendering. Great.
Published 19 months ago by Nan
4.0 out of 5 stars Cara and Mary together sound like angels ......................
The reason you have to own this album is to get the full digital version of "Lark In The Clear Air". Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by MovieMusic
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful performance
On first listen, I knew I loved this entire album. Her voice is so sweet and clear, and calming. You just want to rest your head as on the cover of the album and listen. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Myra Schjelderup
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loves it
This was a gift for my husband for Father's Day and he is enjoying it. In fact, the whole family is as well! Read more
Published on July 9, 2009 by Handmaid Mama
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