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Pererin - Tirion Dir CD (album) cover




Prog Folk

3.51 | 7 ratings

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3 stars

Pererin's 3rd and final LP release (a subsequent cassette-only issue has now been released in CVD format) is the first that suffers from its use of a language that few on this site would know. While on the first two albums, the vocals stood on their own as part of the overall progressive folk sound, on "Tirion Dir" the music is not so diverse and inventive. While the sound is still distinctly Pererin, much of the material is more straightforward, with less variation within and between choruses. It is generally less energetic, and a knowledge of the meanings of the lyrics might add a critical dimension to one's appreciation.

To pick one highlight, it would be the brilliant "Y Capten Newydd", in the mold of the closers on the 2 previous efforts, but this time being the penultimate song. The whistles and scorching lead guitars make this one really special. Other than that, a couple of most notable tracks tend to be the traditional ones, in particular a rocking arrangement of "The Foggy Dew" that leaves all others far behind, and the perky "Y Gelynen", which is one of the tracks to benefit from Sioned Web and her mandolin, along with "Harri'r VIII".

And what of the women of Pererin, or perhaps more accurately, about the way in which the men of Pererin treat them? How else could one explain how they went through three different female members in 3 albums? But seriously, the cross-gendered vocal stylings are here again to enjoy, and augment the overall pleasure quotient of songs like "O Ferch y Ffair". It's just the comparative monotony and dispensability of "Llosgi yn Fflam", "Bhoed fy Nghalon", "Lisa Lin" , and "Mynwent Eglwys" that hurts in light of two successive masterworks that preceded "Tirion Dir" with 20 essential tracks out of 20.

So it is "Tirion Dir" that reduces Pererin to mere mortals, or at least more conventional folkies about half the time, but they retain enough of a progressive spirit to keep their reputation intact and their absence a palpable loss for this reviewer.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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