Buy Used
$4.19
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Used: Good | Details
Sold by 2swellguys
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon Prime and Super Saver shipping programs! 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Highlands

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Prime Music Join Prime Prime Members
Highlands
"Please retry"
Streaming 
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, March 3, 2009
$4.90 $0.01

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
Available from these sellers.

Editorial Reviews

eVon's music will certainly appeal to enthusiasts of Maire Brennan, Enya and Miriam Stockley. While the music is instrumentally rich with accordian, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, violin, viola, cello, recorder and double bass joining contemporary keyboards and guitars, Darby's extensive vocal contribution is the driving force within the music with both lyrical and vocalise passages. A lovely booklet complete with song backgrounds explaining the theme of the album accompanies the compact disc.
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
5:42
Play in Library $0.89
 
2
30
3:47
Play in Library $0.89
 
3
30
5:30
Play in Library $0.89
 
4
30
2:44
Play in Library $0.89
 
5
30
3:49
Play in Library $0.89
 
6
30
3:24
Play in Library $0.89
 
7
30
4:11
Play in Library $0.89
 
8
30
4:32
Play in Library $0.89
 
9
30
3:48
Play in Library $0.89
 
10
30
4:51
Play in Library $0.89
 
11
30
6:28
Play in Library $0.89
 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Etherean Music, Inc
  • ASIN: B00004U4U1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Darby Devon Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
To begin with, I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this CD. I had heard excellent reviews on it, but I was in the mood for more new-agey stuff and I wasn't sure if this would be more traditional stuff (not that there's anything wrong with that...). Well, to make a long story short, this CD is actually a mix between the two and it's DeVon's voice that makes it all stick together. The CD opens with "Highlands", a beautiful traditionally written piece but arranged in a modern style with rich pianos, fiddles and guitars with DeVon's high soprano soaring on top. "The Knight At Dublin Castle" tells the story of a knight and his love. Arranged similar to track one but slower in tempo, this song has a certain quality that gives me goosebumps everytime I listen. "Quest For Lia Fail" sounds like another version of "Highlands", but is a little more organic in its instrumentation and is still a very good song. "Passage To Iona" is a beautifully themed instrumental with recorders, strings and much more coming together in what seems exactly the right places. "Daydreams" is the song on this CD that sounds the most like Enya, with richly overdubbed harmonies and a slightly more synthesized sound. This song captured my heart and has NOT let it go. Beginning as an anthemic ballad but changing its tune into some sort of amalgam of Celtic rock and traditional jigs, "Oghma's Return" is probably the best instrumental cut on the CD, and it makes me want to dance everytime I hear it. "Valparaiso" is a heart-wrenching ballad originally written by Sting, and it shows off the low and high ranges of DeVon's voice.Read more ›
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
When I placed this CD in my player. I believed it would be wonderful, but when it began to play, the tears rolled down my cheeks. The music, though drawing from Celtic thematic texture and flavour, is at the same time, so powerful and lush. This music is bursting with melody, and joy. There is nothing depressing here. Thoughtful, introspective, and even dramatic, yet never threatening or trying to preach.... this is powerful music, and obviously inspired from within. I felt as though these melodies were ancient, yet they are mostly arranged in a haunting, and riveting style that is very fresh and contemporary. There is a certain amount of "Celtic" music today that may be considered "audio wallpaper", and there is certainly nothing wrong with that... that kind of music serves a wonderful purpose... but the music from this artist is very different.. you want to listen to it. You are hypnotized by this young woman's riveting voice, whether she is singing lyrics ("Daydreams" is totally dynamic lyrically), or she sings in vocalise, which she executes with great fluidity. I have now played this disc for the 3rd time in a row.... all this listener can say is "Bravo, Darby"... looking forward to many more like this! This disc is a perfect 10 and will become one of my favorite Christmas presents to friends this year!
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on September 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
At the risk of sounding like a cliche, my preference in music as in art is "eclectic"-sort of Debussy to Depeche Mode.
Highlands, by Darby Devon, was a suggestion by a friend that turned out to be marvellous. If there were a "Diva" of the Celtic sound, she could be one of them. Her voice is pararlleled only by her muscianship.
Not unlike, the tracery of a celtic pattern the music is woven together, albeit with a modern interpretation at times. The sound can appeal to you on many levels, however, "Highlands" is the thread with which she weaves. Even a borrowed tune from Sting fits into the tapestry.
I played it today at work for the first time and I was delighted, not totally distracted but fully conscious that beautiful music and voice cradled me. I recommended her CD to a HR training expert, who happens to be very interested in celtic sounds, for background to a stress management class here in NYC. But I warned him I expect it back from him tomorrow, and you would too!
Tony
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This collection of pop-flavored compositions was inspired by Celtic legend and idiom, but the style is distinctly modern. While the omnipresent electronic sounds of guitars and keyboards tend to overpower the acoustic instruments, DeVon's clear, honest voice and simple but engaging compositions accomplish exactly what is intended: they transport the listener to her own world of magic and mystery. Her program notes indicate that she views this series of compositions as a journey of dreams, celebration, reflection and imagination, and it is all of those things. This is fun music to drive to, helping to turn mundane trips into sparkling and mysterious adventures. I first came across my two favorite numbers, the sweeping "Highlands" and rhythmic "Quest for Lia Fail", on Etherean's compilation album "Celtic Dawn", which features DeVon and other similar artists. If you like "Highlands", check out "Celtic Dawn" too.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Very melodic; very delicate; hauntingly beautiful...Especially the opening song, 'Highlands.' How incredible that anyone can scale the notes to the degree that Darby does. What is even more inspiring is the fact that, excluding 'Valparaiso,' which was written by Sting, these are songs that either were written by the artist herself or to which she assisted. Songs that are meant to depict our journey through life, from beginning to end to beginning once again...This CD is the heart of Celtic music!
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums