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Stylistic mish-mash, incoherent
on July 15, 2005
The problem with this, as another reviewer hinted at, is Clannad seems here to not know whether they want to be pop ("Love and Affection" and "In a Lifetime"), Celtic ("The Poison Glen" and "Harry's Game"), alt-country ("You're the One"), or "smooth jazz" ("Why Worry?"). It's hard to know exactly WHO will find this disc captivating.
The best known cut here is probably the best one. "Harry's Game" (from the PATRIOT GAMES soundtrack) is wonderfully ethereal as a layered wall of Maire Brennan's vocals meld perfectly with bandmate Ciaran Brennan's along with heavenly keyboard produced "oohs" and "aahs" that remind me of nothing so much as the backing vocals in 10CC's "I'm Not in Love". "Harry's" and "Ri Na Cruinne" will probably be the ones most beloved of ENYA fans. The title track is a soft peace anthem. ("when will I see/an end to destruction and woe/and how will I see/no division in my life?") "The Poison Glen" is a bit more traditional number but still mixes in rock influenced drumming, mandola, harmonica and what SOUNDS like an (uncredited) accordion.
"In a Lifetime" doesn't work...Bono's rocker wail sounds completely out of place amidst the more ethereal Clannad vocals and delicate harp which collides against wailing sax and almost jazz drumming. The whole thing is fraught with disaster. "Why Worry?" sounds like SADE's "Smooth Operator" with a lesser lyric.
Enya fans...look elsewhere. "Harry's Game" fans...just get PURE MOODS. I don't know that I could honestly recommend this for anyone but Clannad diehards.