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The Blue Idol


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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00005Y372
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On The Blue Idol, Irish music superstars Altan have come up with an elegant solution to the problem of how to play music that satisfies both the traditional purist and the fan who wants a contemporary edge in his or her music. When the band members play instrumental sets of dance tunes, they never stray far from their Donegal roots, and when they sing songs they stretch the boundaries by performing with guest artists like Paul Brady and Dolly Parton while adding unexpected instruments like didgeridoo and saxophone. On songs such as "Daily Growing" and "Uncle Rat"--which feature the exquisite voice of Mairéd Ní Mhaonaigh--the band creates a mood of jazzy medievalism that reveals hints of Pentangle's early recordings. And when they hunker down for a set of jigs or reels, they play with the sort of passionate abandon you only hear at the finest sessions. The contemporary and traditional strains of music on The Blue Idol are like two streams that join together to form a river that flows further and with more power than either could alone. --Michael Simmons

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on February 28, 2002
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Altan has released their latest CD and it reenforces what all of us know about them. They are simply the best at Irish music period. They eschew all manner of new age, new celtic, new synth dominated dixie chic poptrash and deliver sets of music wherein the remarkable talents of this stunning ensemble display just how well they listen to each other. This is musicians' music: set clearly and squarely in service of the Muse, allowing MUSIC itself to lean over and take them into its confidence. More than once, I have said this is the finest ensemble playing any kind of music since the Miles-Evans-Coltrane... of the 50's.
As with the last release, the CD is strongly song driven, which is a bit of a departure from their earlier cannon. All the same, there are reels, schottisches and slip jigs that confirm just how incredibly this group manages to find and expand upon the nuances inherent in the music. The double fiddle attack of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish is the single most formidable line up in Traditional music. While I'm not interested in seeing Tourish in a belly-shirt, he could certainly outmaneuver any celtoid babe strutting instead of playing. Mairead and Ciaran have taken the dynamic Donegal fiddle tradition into this century with a consuming passion and their interaction brings a sense of wonder, especially live. There is no more heartfelt player in Irish music than Dermot Byrne and his box work is impressionistically sensitive throughout this album. Rhythm mates Ciarran Curran and Daithi Sproule and Mark Kelly drive the engine that enables Mairead and Tourish to set fire to everything in sight.
This CD, like the last, is strongly song driven, and they are all quite remarkable.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on March 12, 2002
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Altan has never released a less than fully satisfying recording, and in that sense The Blue Idol is entirely predictable. As Altan always does, it wraps the Irish tradition in inventive modern arrangements, without resorting to cloying New Age or sappy pop-fusion sounds. Altan is, instead, a branch from a tree with deep, deep roots.
Even by the standards Altan has set for itself, however, Blue Idol is exceptional. The opener, "Daily Growing" (often recorded as "The Trees They Do Grow High"), is something of a folk standard -- I first heard it on a Judy Collins album in the 1960s, and Collins was hardly the first revival singer to pick it up -- but Altan's version is such a perfect wedding of the erotic and the tragic that it draws the listener in, takes the breath away, and commands the ear and the heart. It's also a pleasure to hear Paul Brady's reedy tenor, now in service to its owner's career as rock singer-songwriter, working in a traditional context again. In "The Pretty Young Girl" Dolly Parton so convincingly assumes the persona of a veteran Altanian that I didn't recognize her until I looked at the liner notes. Which surely says a whole lot, all of it favorable, about both her and the band. "Uncle Rat" is a rarity, a non-American variant of the famous children's song "Froggie Went A-Courting," recorded by everybody from Burl Ives to Bob Dylan. Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh's vocals, always an object of wonder, are as welcome as always; I am especially enamored of her handling of "The Sea-Apprentice Boy." The jigs and reels are, of course, well chosen and brilliantly performed.
It all raises the unsettling question of how a band so good could keep getting better. Here's to a long, long life and the even greater music -- though the mind boggles at the very concept -- to come.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Brewer on March 6, 2002
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I've collected all of Altan's CD's and "The Blue Idol" is by far the most graceful, the "prettiest" of them all. Some music impresses by it's brute force or by it's passion and intensity, like a drag racer opening the throttle and exploding down the track. The Blue Idol is like watching Formula One driver Michael Schumacher move 800 Horsepower around a twisting, curving race track like a ballet dancer. There is power and intensity here, but it's precisely and expertly driven.
And what a lovely surprise to hear Dolly Parton on track four; it's a beautiful affair.
This CD is a treasure that you'll not want to pass up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gneiss Guy on November 17, 2002
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A longtime fan of Altan, I am very pleased with new CD. The band seems only to grow stonger and more confident with each new outing. Their live shows become more intimate and spontaneous. I especially enjoyed "Daily Growing", "Pretty Young Girl" and all the reel and jig sets. This is an excellent CD for fans of Irish or Celtic music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2002
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I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this album. I wondered if Altan could continue to produce music at the level of its prior releases. I was not disappointed, nor will you be dissappointed if you buy this album. How Altan can consistently produce such wonderful music is a miracle. They have been by far the best traditional Irish band for some years now, and they only seem to be getting better. We should all thank them for enriching our lives.
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