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This album marked the turning point for Clannad. Acclaimed for their six previous releases, which featured traditional music, the group looked to expand their horizons with more contemporary arrangements and instrumentation. Fuaim (pronounced foom, it means "sound" in Gaelic) marked the appearance of synthesizers, woodwinds, and electric guitars on some tracks. It's also the only Clannad album on which the family band is joined by Brennan sister Enya, who went on to massive solo success. Enya sings lead on two tracks, "An Tull" and "Buaiereadh An Phosta," but the album contains many other fine tracks, including some sung in English, such as "Strayed Away" and "The Green Fields of Gaothdobhair." --Daniel Durchholz
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The titles are confusing so it's a little difficult for me to break down this review into each individual track like I usually do when writing positive reviews.
An Tull is a rather happy popppy folk song. Fans of this kind of Clannad may not like songs like the airy Ri Na Cruinne, Anam or the ominous Mohicans Theme. The Green Fields Of Ghaothdobhair is a rather jazzy track that sounds similar to In A Lifetime. Na La Gaoithe La Na Scoilbe is my favorite song on this CD. It has some chants that would be the blueprint of their more haunting material. This song is over six minutes long and is like several songs in one. It starts off with mostly wobbly keyboards. The chanting then starts up. Then it becomes a mostly acoustic guitar song similar to Cad Sin Don Te Sin from Banba and then becomes a jazzy pop song with beautiful flutes.
This would be the last folk sounding album of theirs. For those who are mostly folk music lovers this might have been their last good album but hey I like both their more folk material as well their more New Age pop music as well. I recommend this album Even though it is only 35 minutes long.
This album is lighthearted and sentimental. Its not heavy and is a great listen for those that are smitten with the happy bug. I am sure even if you were sad, putting on this album would make you tingle with the warm fuzzies.
Honestly, I can't find fault with the album for it provides ample entertainment from Enya's youthful and coy voice on "An Tull" or Maire's flattering energy on the traditional "Lish Young Buy-A-Broom."
Sadly, this was Enya's second and last appearance with Clannad, but this forced Clannad forward and changed them for the better. Enya has managed well in her own right.
This is a great album for those venturing into the world of Irish Music. It's modern but retains the charm of the old world. You won't be disappointed but surprised at the lingering harmonious embrace this band has to offer.
While the whole album is a gem, the standout tracks are "Na Buachailli Alainn", "Buaireadh An Phosta", "Mheall Si Lena Glorthai Me", "An Tull", and "Mhorag's Na Horo Gheallaidh"
Side Note: Clannad (on Fuaim) is comprised of Maire Brennan (Vocals, Harp), Eithne (Enya) Brennan (Keyboards, Vocals), Pol Brennan (Guitar, Percussion, Flute, Vocals), Ciaran Brennan (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards), Noel (Guitar, Vocals) and Padraig Duggan (Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin).
If you like Clannad, try Altan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to see the Gaelic spelling of Eithne before she became EnyaPublished 16 months ago by Tom Madigan
With the rise of Enya in the 80s, her family group Clannad (Gaelic for Family) began to get more notice from abroad. Read morePublished 20 months ago by By CJs Pirate
Cd plays and condition as stated.
VERY HAPPY with fast delivery
Unfortunately Clannad canceled show here
ENYA you MUST TOUR when new LP/CD
finally comes out.. Read more
I am a big fan of the early Clannad albums (before the "Theme from Harry's Game"). They had great character and marvelous sound, and I really prefer the acoustic and traditional... Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Sylvia Sabin
If you want to relax but not sleep, this album is for you. If you want to sip coffee or whatever drink makes you feel relaxed, this is a great background sound. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Jomarie V. Salud
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