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Spirit

Caroline LavelleAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Not Used
  • ASIN: B000003MWB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Turning Ground
2. Moorlough Shore
3. Dream Of Picasso
4. Forget The Few
5. Lagan Love
6. A Case Of You
7. Waiting For Rain
8. Desire
9. The Island
10. Sleep Now
11. Sheherazade

Editorial Reviews

1. Turning Ground 2. Moorlough Shore 3. Dream Of Picasso 4. Forget The Few 5. Lagan Love 6. A Case Of You 7. Waiting For Rain 8. Desire 9. The Island 10. Sleep Now 11. Sheherazade

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my albums of the decade... November 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's incredible to me that fewer people know about Caroline Lavelle. This album is breath-taking. Sensous, hypnotic, cry-making beautiful. The combination of her lyrical, folk-like melodies underpinned by her whispering cello, and a driving electonica bass groove is incredibly powerful. The sound is distinctive of the brilliant electronica producer, William Orbit, (he made Madonna's outstanding Ray of Light and much else.)
I think Spirit was ahead of its time when released... will have sounded a little strange to folk music lovers and too melodic/sweet for the edgier trip-hop set... but will ultimately be recognised as very special indeed.
A follow up album, please Caroline!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this album... May 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'll admit I knew nothing about Caroline Lavelle until a friend gave me her album. He said he thought I might like her because of my musical choices in the past -- wow, was he right.
First off, her singing is nothing like Loreena McKennitt. That's not bad, but makes her different. She has a sultry rich husky voice compared to Loreena's sweet melodic singing. Caroline's singing is in-your-face with deep notes and every breath she takes can be heard.
As for her music she is an incredibly talented musician. All of her songs vary in types from native influenced, to celtic inspired to down right sultry. Check out "DESIRE" -- a song I plan to use at my wedding. WOW what a gorgeous torch song! "A Case of You" based on Mitchell's original release is as good as the original, if not better. She takes the song out of the rafters and drops it down an octave in order to let you sing along, in my opinion.
I never tire of this album. She is very unique and very likeable as well as friendly. I had friends who met her at her concert and said she was very nice to them. Also, I wrote to her website to ask for lyrics and she personally sent them to me. A musician who cares about her fans! Plus a talented one! I hope she continues to keep giving out good music. I'd be more than happ to buy it from her.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serene and intimate. January 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember browsing my local music store one day and this album caught my eye. I liked the autumn milieu and the colors on the cover artwork. I also recognized the name Caroline Lavelle from somewhere. Weeks later, when flipping through my Loreena McKennitt collection, I saw Caroline Lavelle in the booklet for Live in Paris & Toronto. She played cello in McKennitt's live band. Thinking anyone who played with McKennitt had to be good, I picked up this album. That's a true story. Really.
Well, it's like nothing Loreena McKennitt ever did. There is a bit of a Celtic quality to some of the melodies, but I'm actually reminded a bit more of Enya. However, Lavelle's music is "darker," and more somber (as opposed to the "bright" ambience of Enya). The arrangements on this CD is very quiet and subtle. Producer William Orbit creates layers of smooth electronic-tinged music, almost in a "new age" sort of way. Some tracks have too much bass, but he does a good job most of the time, allowing Lavelle's voice to be the main instrument, supplemented by electronics but not immersed by them. I love her voice...very sensual and sexy, deep and pristine. "A Case of You" is hot stuff, leaving me in need of a cold shower. Lavelle also plays some beautiful cello pieces, like the murmuring solo at the beginning of "Moorlough Shore." There is also a lot more "real" instrumentation, like pianos, pipes, and guitars.
Songs are all pretty slow and mellow, but different songs still entail different moods, from gentle ("Turning Ground") to feisty ("Dream of Picasso"). If this CD were edible, I'd put it in a sandwich and eat it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Forget the few" - this cd is for you! December 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to the music of Caroline Lavelle after hearing the song "Turing Ground" on a public radio station. I thought it was one of the most magical, wintery and dreamy pieces I'd ever heard and after searching for who that artist could possibly be, I finally found this.
This cd is produced by William Orbit and his sound is definately all over the disc which gives the music and interesting twist. There are elements of celtic, folk, ambient and electronica and I couldn't help but be reminded of some the work of Happy Rhodes or Emer Kenny who are also both underrated musical talents.
The lyrics are inspiring and introspective and she seems to do an excellent job at making the listener visualize exactly what she is saying. I just want to cry after I hear the beautiful piece "Forget the Few" which gets better with every listen. I just certainly hope there will be a follow up to this cd since after all, it didn't get much attention from the mainsream. Hopefully, after touring with Loreena Mckennit we'll be hearing more from this lovely lady.
Bottom line is if you like Enya, Loreena or anything produced by William Orbit, this album is a must have.
I also highley recommend Happy Rhodes "Many Worlds are Born Tonight" and Emer Kenny's self titled cd. They are both equally as good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is an intensly increadable CD, Lavelle does a wonderous job of mixing many styles of music into one beautiful style of her own, I recomend this CD very much, its my very favorite. And I await the next one, I plan to buy it the day it comes out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Caroline in Orbit
Caroline Lavelle and William Orbit have put together a real treat of an album. A mixture of original and traditional tunes with inspired, atmospheric techno arrangements... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Talent
I'm no World Music fan. I bought Spirit specifically for, "Moorlough Shore," having tracked it down as the "theme" for EZ Streets -- itself, a story unto itself. Read more
Published 15 months ago by noonesbusiness
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Known British Artist in the US
Caroline Lavelle is not well know here in the US. A cellist by training, she has a very plaintiff voice with a superb range. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by P. Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Caroline Lavelle's Spirit
I first heard Caroline Lavelle in the wee small hours of the morning back in the early 90s when she was featured and interviewed on NPR's World Cafe. Read more
Published on April 6, 2006 by Victoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful debut album
Maybe the critic ear could spot some places where there is more Orbit than Lavelle, but this is a wonderful debut album all the same, and it sports the winning recipe of Caroline's... Read more
Published on November 6, 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Early William Orbit Effort
I don't have much more to add to the positive reviews below--this is a wonderful, chill out, hypnotising record. Read more
Published on September 4, 2003 by Eric Henwood-Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars RENAISSANCE LADY
Its what you might have expected from one of the co founders of Humouresque in 1981.Not only that but an artiste associated with no less than VIRGINIA ASTLEY. Read more
Published on January 9, 2002 by THE FAMILY CAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Will have you waiting for more
Versatile feminine voice, from an ancient scottish ballad to her wonderful cello. It's no wonder that modern producers like William Orbit are remixing her songs. Read more
Published on September 29, 2001 by "rcya"
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't improve on perfection.
Honestly, I've owned this album for YEARS, and I still listen to it on a daily basis. Caroline's voice is simply the most intimate and sensual that I've heard. Read more
Published on January 30, 2001 by Justin Elswick
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant -a must have!
This CD is a smashing success. I only wish that she would do a follow up. (if she has, please let me know...tchado1@yahoo.com)
Published on January 15, 2001 by Chad Wellbrock
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