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Biography

It has been an extraordinary journey for the Afro Celt Sound System - one of the most innovative music collectives of its time. In that period there have been many lesser imitators and the global beat movement they pioneered has entered the mainstream.

When Simon Emmerson began to piece together the Afro Celt Sound System in 1992 he had no idea where the journey would take him. But ... Read more in Amazon's Afro Celt Sound System Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000AMUUIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When I Still Need You
2. Secret Bliss
3. Mojave
4. Sene
5. Beautiful Rain
6. Anatomic
7. Mother
8. Dhol Dogs
9. Drake

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Afro Celt sound system's fifth studio album sweeps an incredible sonic range, from their unmistakably beat driven and cinematic dance epics to emotive, melodic ballads radiant with the bands trademark fusion of soaring Celtic reels and syncopated African vocals and drum. Guests include Rwanden singer Dorothee Munyaneza and Uzbeki star Sevara Nazarkhan. Real World. 2005.

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Their debut album broke down many tediously outdated barriers. Now the Afro-Celts are back with another genre-bursting, non-preachy, multi-culti soundscape. There has never been anything bland or generic about the ensemble's output as their concept of one-world music is less color-blind than color-appreciative; in other words, they don't ignore our differences but celebrate them. Anatomic continues an ongoing pilgrimage of respectful collaboration, wherein Western studio mastery abuts Irish flutes and percussion, harp-like West African koras, keening bagpipes, and gutty Greek bouzoukis, all presented over a resonant, crunchy bottom with beats and electronica for days. Iarla Ó Lionáird sings in English and Gaelic, sitting in with Sevara Nazarkhan from Uzbekistan (who is lovely if disembodied on "My Secret Bliss") and Dorothee Munyaneza, a genocide survivor whose soulful pipes made such a strong impression on the soundtrack to Hotel Rwanda. As always, Simon Emmerson's guitar fulfills dual roles as a melodic vector and tireless rhythmic powerhouse. --Christina Roden

Customer Reviews

This is a WOW album, worth savoring.
A. N. Verdes
ANATOMIC is proof positive that the Afro Celt Sound System has honed its craft to near perfection.
morgan1098
This is their fifth and probably their best.
P. Oreilly

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By morgan1098 on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ok, before reviewing this CD, let me just say that as of this writing (5th October 2005) the sound clips on this site are still WRONG. Wake up amazon! If you're considering buying this CD and want to hear what the Afro Celt Sound System sounds like, you might want to check out some other online music retailers. At the very least, look up one of the band's five other albums on amazon and listen to those sound clips, which will give you an idea of what the band is like.

Now that the ranting is over, let's talk about the music. ACSS released their first album ten years ago to wild critical and commercial acclaim. That recording, VOLUME 1: SOUND MAGIC, was a world fusion masterpiece. Their subsequent releases have all built on that foundation, from the club-friendly beats of VOLUME 2: RELEASE and the global power of VOLUME 3: FURTHER IN TIME (which featured pop and world music guests such as Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, and Altan) to the more organic and ethereal sounds of 2003's SEED and the dramatic reinterpretations of last year's POD (a remix project that was more creative and fulfilling than anything else in its class).

ANATOMIC is proof positive that the Afro Celt Sound System has honed its craft to near perfection. The opening track, "When I Still Needed You" is a heart-wrenching epic that marries accordian, bouzouki, bodhran and other percussion, and superb programming with the impassioned vocals of Dorothee Munyaneza, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who first collaborated with the band on the HOTEL RWANDA soundtrack. This is followed by "My Secret Bliss," a funky duet between Iarla O'Lionaird and guest vocalist Sevara.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on December 3, 2005
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The new Afro Celt Sound System album "Anatomic" is superior to their previous release, 2003's "Seed". "Anatomic" returns the band to their electrobeat roots. Sonic workouts like "Mojave" and "Dhol Dogs" bring the group back into focus. Yet, I still felt that their 2001 album "Volume 3: Further In Time" remains their best, and most realized work. Elsewhere, you will find other solid tracks here like "Sene (Working The Land)", "Mother" and "When I Still Needed You". There's just enough variety here to keep things interesting at nearly 61 minutes.

My only complaint here is that the band seems to become more like a country/Christian/new age band here, which is fine, but I'd prefer them to be a little more electronic worldbeat band instead. Still, if you've liked their four previous albums, you ought to enjoy this one. The music is still identifiable as Afro Celts, and the band hasn't changed that much from album to album, so it would be nice for them to really stretch themselves at this point in their career. We'll just have to wait and see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane Beckett on March 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have the other four volume's and I find this to be one of the best. I enjoyed this CD so much that I purchased Laria O Lionard/Invisible Fields one of the singers of the Afro Celt Sound System.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on March 6, 2006
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I have most of this group's recordings, and this new CD is of a piece with the rest of them. Wonderful driving rhythms and aching yearning in the voices, some songs, even those in other languages, so heartfelt it's hard not to sing along once the melody lines become familiar. To my ear, this group just keeps getting better and better as they weave together many strains of world music and varieties of instrumentation into a seamless aural tapestry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter S. Knodle on November 15, 2005
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There may be a limit to the speed of sound, but there seems to be no limit to the quality of music this group can produce. They get better and better with each release and I they have never been a disappointment. I highly recommend any of their past compilations. This one is especially good. I confess to leaving the CD player on loop and not tiring of their sound. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on November 21, 2005
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Five albums on - six if you include the their excellent "POD" remixes from last year - and the Afro Celts just get better & better. Totally in command of the complexities of seamlessly fusing African & Celtic melodies with western club beats they now radiate complete confidence in using the unique, multi-layered sound they've developed to make highly original music that switches effortlessly from the beautifully reflective to the genuinely exciting. Closer in feel to their first two albums, "Seed" & "Release", but more sophisticated and consistent than either, brilliantly produced, perfectly executed and now vastly richer & broader than any simple categorisations such as "world", "fusion" or "club" imply, "Anatomic" is the stunning result of a 10 year journey of exploration... a record in which every track's unforgettably good and several are quite exceptional. So good in fact that it must be a serious contender for the best album of the year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicole M. Masika on February 24, 2006
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Iarla's voice is as beautiful as ever, and plenty of the beats that make me spontaneously get up and dance
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on October 24, 2005
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one of the essential elements of the music created by ACSS is their eerie ability to tap into that core of mystery in the human condition that inspires us to sing, dance, contemplate our place in the stream of life. That core mystery remains at the heart of every single track on this wonderful CD. There is, as always, the driving multi-cultural rhythms when the team roars into full abandon, but there is also a quieter edge to this release than there has been on previous efforts. That comes courtesy of the dulcet tones of Dorothea Munyaneza and Sevara Nezakhan. Iarla O Lionaird continues to grace the proceedings, albeit this go round more in English than I particularly like, with that voice that seems to have come down through the ages of man. There is something quintessentially primal about his singing that makes him the very best Gaelic singer alive today, well maybe this side of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, and one of the greatest ever. His collaborations with the genocide survivor and the singer from Uzbekhistan are so incredibly sublime, that inspired somehow is a disservice when describing them.

Simon Emerson and company, and that includes an incrediblw array of percussionists, deliver the goods with an intensity that will threaten to spontaneously combust your sound system. This is as brilliant a release as anything they have accomplished, all the more so because it is so subtle. Its immediate charms give way to more rapturous joys the more you listen to this. On the heels of SIOL, perhaps their best ever, this is an incredible follow up.

Now, if they can somehow wrangle Mairead away from Altan for a collaboration, ...........
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