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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B00005QD53
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Four years after celebrating the music of her native Ireland on Wandering Home, Maura O'Connell returns with a characteristically eclectic and deeply satisfying collection of songs from both sides of the Atlantic. A lesser voice covering Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" would leave us hankering for the original, but O'Connell manages to make it her own, and elsewhere she strikes gold in the song books of John Prine ("Sleepy Eyed Boy"), Eric Clapton ("I Get Lost"), and Ron Sexsmith ("Don't Ask Why"). A songwriter's hat trick ("I Wonder," "Poor Man's House," and "Long Ride Home") goes to Patty Griffin, a top-tier vocalist herself whose gutsy material is proving increasingly popular in O'Connell's adopted hometown of Nashville. Throughout, Ray Kennedy's production is clean and energetic, with sections of full-on rock and twang balanced by fine acoustic picking and the gentle wail of uilleann pipes, but as always what lingers in memory is O'Connell's luminous voice. --Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hancock on February 17, 2004
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What always never ceases to amaze me is how one of the greatest singers on the face of this planet always seems to go so unknown and so underappreciated. One is bombarded every day with junk trivia and worthless patter about Britney and Jessica and Janet and Madonna and a full boatload of other popular "hottie" singer/gyraters who have a decent level of talent and are, in fact, entertaining---yet whose appeal is really largely based on video production expertise, studio production wizardry, professionally coached dance choreography,
aerobically honed (and often surgically enhanced) superbodies, road show audio-visual effects, and big-budget Record Company promotional marketing.
Maura O'Connell is about none of these things. Maura O'Connell is a big-boned, stocky, red-headed, Catholic Irishwoman
with a strong, pretty, intelligent face and soul-reflecting eyes.
She looks to be of what the "gentry" used to patronizingly refer to as a "peasant" type, but the fact of the matter is...this woman is nothing but CLASS, through and through. She may not be the kind of nubile twitch performer that Britney is, but anyone who has ever heard Maura O'Connell sing knows that, when it comes to a real vocal performance, Irish Red can blow Britney and all her glitz-sisters right off the stage.
The voice is amazing. Once heard it is not forgotten. It is powerful...it is delicate. It is throaty and bold...it is whispery and gentle and relective. It is a folk voice, it is a
jazz voice, it is a blues voice, it is a country & western voice, it is a rock voice, it is a pop voice. It is a soul voice.
The Maura O'Connell voice is a SINGER'S voice, and it is whatever it needs to be to interpret the songwriter's material most effectively.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia M Lantrip on April 3, 2002
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I received this CD as a gift from a friend. I am not a very musical person myself, but I really enjoy listening to all kinds of music. My friend thought I would like this because I am of Irish decent. When I first listened to this CD I was blown away. I put on in the car on my way home a did not turn it off until it was over. I sat in my driveway until I had listened to every song. There are a lot of really good singers, but when you listen to Maura O'Connell she is able to pull you into the story behind the music. You feel as if you are living what she is singing. Last month in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe I was able to see her live and to meet her after. She is as nice and sweet a person as she is a wonderful singer. I just ordered 4 more of her CDs. I will be a fan for life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2002
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With her seventh US album, Iris singer Maura O'Connell pretty much hews closely to the ground she's been tending to for the past 10+ years, and this is cause for celebration.
The *formula* (for lack of a better term) is well known to her legions of fans by now. take a set of great songs (in this case exactly one dozen) by some of the best songwriters around today some of whom are very well known (Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, John Prine) some up and coming (Malcolm Holcombe, Kim Richey) hire an ace set of backup musicians, and let Maura work her magic with them. Top it off by having a restrained produced work the boards and catch it all on tape. This is all that is needed for a successful and wonderful Maura O'Connell record.
And that's what we have here folks. Of her seven albums this is one of her best, probably topped only by "Helpless Heart," and maybe "Blue is the Colour of Hope." Maura is in fine voice (that's a given) the songs are great (another, given her excellent taste in material) and the musicians and production keep a respectful distance. What's not to like? To top it all of you have Maura cover a song that, up until now, many thought was uncoverable. That song is Van Morrison's "Crazy Love." Many have expressed skepticism that she can do justice to a song that has already been given a definitive version (Van's original) but Maura puts those concerns to rest. A fabulous album from a fabulous singer.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2002
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There is just no two ways about it -- Maura O'Connell is one of the handful of the very best singers around in ANY genre, and she proves it once again in the solid, nearly flawless recording of first rate songs
With a slightly rootsier feel than some previous albums by O'Connell (she was inspired by Lucinda Williams' Americana classic "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road") it might be tempting to approach this album with a bit a caution, but there is no need for that. What we have here is a set of one dozen excellent songs and all of them are beautifully sung and tastefully produced -- in short another typically excellent Maura O'Connell album!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2002
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Any actual fan of Maura O'Connell's who claims that this album is "bland" and uninteresting should probably be spending money on an ear specialist NOT on music. "Walls and Windows," is simply (another) superb collection of wonderfully chosen songs all beautifully sung. Sure, there are touches of production here and there that deviate a bit from the more acoustic based sound that we are generally accustomed to, but these touches NEVER distract from the voice that, as the cliche goes, "sing the phonebook."
Among the gems here are a pair of songs by up and coming songwriter Malcolm Holcombe ("A Far Cry," and "To the Homeland,") a glorious cover of a song already perfected (supposedly) by its own writer Van Morrison ("Crazy Love") a John Prine number ("Sleepy Eyed Boy") a song by Kim Richey ("Every River") and the unbelievably gorgeous song "Walls." Add to that the fact that I have not even mentioned the three Patty Griffin songs here and it should be obvious that anyone who really appreciates the talent that Maura O'Connell is will NOT want to be without this CD any longer!
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