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For me, "Elemental" does not evoke the emotional tugs of "The Visit", another of the artist's CDs reviewed by me on this website. However, the former's program of traditional Celtic ballads exposes the listener to Loreena's incredible talent as a singer and musician. (I must admit here that I consider Barbra Streisand to have the most perfect voice I've ever heard. That likely makes me "square". However, more to the point of this review, Loreena is a very close second, in my opinion, in terms of vocal purity.)
The best reasons to buy this CD are tracks 5 and 8. The former, "Carrighfergus", is a duet by tenor Cedric Smith and McKennitt. It's more of a showcase for Smith - a relatively short, but beautifully intense, ballad of lost love. Track 8, "Come By the Hills", is a soulful tribute to a wild and mountainous region of the British Isles which I assume to be the Scottish Highlands, though it's not identified specifically as such. In any case, I've been to the Highlands, and the song fits.
If you've not previously had the privilege of listening to this amazing Canadian vocalist, then "Elemental" is an excellent introduction.
She starts with her interpretation of the traditional "Blacksmith" followed by a haunting version of "She Moved Through the Fair".
However it is the third song that soars. Loreena has put William Butler Yeat's classic poem "Stolen Child" to music and the poem takes flight with her orchestration and vocals.
The lyrics remain crisp and emotive with such lines as:
Where dips the rocky highland
Of sleuth wood in the lake
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats
There we've hid our fairy vats
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away oh human child
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand
For the world's more full of weeping
Than you can understand.
Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim grey sands with light
By far off furhter rosses
We foot it all the night
Weaving olden dances
Mingling bands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles
whilst the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy Loreena and recently went to a concert given by her. The performance was amazing. This CD, Parallel Dreams, and To Drive the Cold Winter Away are wonderful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayward
Elemental is listed as McKennitt's first album originally released in 1985. The copyright date of my CD is 1994. Read morePublished 11 months ago by By CJs Pirate
This is one of her earlier albums and if you are a fan and collect this is a good one.Published 16 months ago by Marzie