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THE BOOK OF KELLS

Iona

 

Prog Folk

3.72 | 59 ratings

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shyman
5 stars I've been a fan of The Corrs for over a decade now. Their music has always been the greatest for me and for no apparent reason I had never had the patience to explore other folk options (it happens the same with metal, although fortunately I have recently discovered Dream Theater). I had listened things, even in my country, like Hevia (who, by the way I think would be an interesting addition to this site) or Mago de Oz (sorry, but I have never fancied this group much). But in general terms I have always been so infatuated with this band of siblings that other options were not something prioritary for me. However, now that this album has come into my hands, the thing might change. Here we can find a more serious work and musical harmonies that maybe a fairly mainstream group like The Corrs fail to offer sometimes.

Going more into this particular album, I think it is simply a masterpiece. Every single second of the fourteen songs we find on this record are a true musical experience, pure beauty, like few bands can truly achieve. One the good things that describe this band, at least on this album, and which is probably what makes them so good is that every musician of the band, beginning with Joanne with her truly angelical voice, continuing with Dave Bainbridge, with his good guitar solos and relaxing textures, David Fitzgerald, who is the one that puts most of the folk touch here and along with Troy Donockley, Teril Bryant, Frank Van Essen, etc, all of them providing sound from very diverse instruments like flutes, a variety of string instruments and, curiously, a strong and varied drum work.

It is quite impossible to put a song above of another because all of them are solid, beautiful and brilliantly performed. And finally, a curious thing here is that this band and this album are able to appeal both fans of mainstream music and prog fanatics, because their music is at the same time accesible and deep. A must, indeed.

shyman | 5/5 |

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