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Runrig have been blending folk, pop and rock with Gaelic and Celtic traditions since 1973. Proterra marks another step forward in the development of a fascinating band which has been one of the most popular and influential groups on the European folk/rock scene for three decades. The result is a magnificent album, on which traditional folk and refreshingly modern pop elements gel into a coherent whole. The band called in Brazil-based Scottish musician Paul Mounsey to help them evolve the concept for Proterra and to produce their 2003 album. 13 tracks. Ridge.
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Import [Generic]
- Original Release Date : 2004
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Import [Generic]
- ASIN : B0000C24OX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #849,785 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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But there is more than just good music on this CD. The lyrics are thought provoking and of a mystical nature. Very edifying!
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To give the album it's full title 'Runrig with Paul Mounsey' hints that things may be a little different, Paul Mounsey contributed to the arrangement on the stamping ground's 'Running to the Light' and certainly brings a greater depth, if a more studio produced sound to this CD, the album also tends to move slightly more towards the rock side of folk/rock, although there are some lovely slower numbers to keep the balance, 'The Old Boys' a reworking of an early Runrig song, starts of quietly and slowly builds, and 'Gabriel's Sword' (written by Bruce Guthro) really shows how gentle as well as powerful Bruce's voice can be.
Unlike the previous two albums there isn't really a main stand out track such as 'May Morning' or 'Book of Golden Stories' but I think this is because they are all unique enough to stand out on their own - although I do think the upbeat 'Prottera' & 'Empty Glens' would make great singles, and bring the group more into the limelight.
Apart from the collaboration with Paul Mounsey there is another change to the line up, we say farewell to Peter Wishhart on keyboards and welcome the fresh young talent of Brian Hurren, who as well as being a great keyboard player, just wait until you hear his vocals on 'There's a Need' (If Bruce hadn't been found I think we could have been looking at the new lead singer here!) I really hope in the future we get to hear a lot more of this stunning voice!
The only track that took me a little while to appreciate was 'From The North' which I felt it was a little too heavy, but this is one that steadily grows on you and and has a kind of film like quality to it, you can almost imagine an ancient battle in a mist filled glen!
The album also contains 3 great Gaelic tracks, which even if you don't speak Gaelic you'll be singing along to! As well as two instrumentals 'Heading to Arcadia' a tune slightly reminiscent of the stamping grounds 'The Engine Room' and 'Angels From The Ashes', (written by previous founding member Blair Douglas) a quiet piano based piece, reflecting on the events of September 11th, that brings you gently down at the end of the album.
In summary - a great album to celebrate 30 glorious years of Runrig, which is certainly a little different from usual but still firmly held in Runrig's roots, as fresh & varied as ever, and with a band with such great talent, from the writing skills of Roy & Calum and now Bruce, as well as 3 great vocalists and a vast array of instruments and percussion,(Malcolm Jones even adds the dulcimer & jaws harp to his already vast repertoire of pipes, accordion and guitars!) - lets just hope that runrig finally get the recognition they truly deserve!
Excellent copy of the album - no scratches - complete with original inlay booklet - jewel case in great condition.
Proterra offers everything from the haunting celtic sound of pipes to the toe tapping drumbeat of Toll Dubh and Reitach. From the raw Gaelic tracks the modern rock sound that is Runrig. With regular vocals from Bruce, Rory and Brian this album offers something for everyone. Even "Angels of the Ashes" a piano solo is inspired.
If you are still not convinced then listen to some of these tracks played live at Drumnadrochit (Year of the Flood) then come back to it. This is now permanently in my cd player alongside Everything You See and, frankly, I can't get enough of them!