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3.95 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. An Gabhar Bán (3:14)
2. Eleanor Plunkett (2:49)
3. Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair (5:46)
4. Rince Philib a'Cheoil (1:50)
5. By Chance It Was (5:40)
6. Rince Briotánach (3:14)
7. Dhéanainn Súgradh (5:38)
8. Gaoth Barra Na dTonn (2:33)
9. Teidhir Abhaile Riú (2:48)
10. Fairly Shot Of Her (2:20)
11. Chuaigh Mé Na Rosann (6:18)

Total Time 42:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Máire Brennan / lead vocals, harp
- Noel Duggan / lead guitar, vocals
- Pádraig Duggan / guitar, mandola, vocals
- Pól Brennan / flute, bongos, guitar, vocals
- Ciarán Brennan / double bass, guitar, piano, vocals

- Pádraig O'Donnell / vocals
- Mícheál Ó Domhnaill / guitar, vocals
- Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill / keyboards, vocals
- Dónal Lunny / synthesizer, guitar, percussion, producer

Releases information

Artwork: Bill Bolger with Dominic Ledwidge-O'Reilly (photo)

LP Gael-Linn ‎- CEF 041 (1974, Ireland)

CD Shanachie ‎- SH 79007 (1989, US) Remastered by Bill Giolando
CD Gael-Linn ‎- CEFCD 041 (1990, Ireland)

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Review by kenethlevine
4 stars Even though it would be a couple more albums before CLANNAD officially went pro, Clannad 2 can be seen as the point at which their trademark meticulousness took hold. The production is crystalline and the digital remastering beyond reproach, but it's their discipline and restraint that propels this set of largely traditional fare quite out of the league of most would be rivals of their day. The moods vary from spirited to downcast, but the playing is divine, in particular the flutes and double bass of the Brennan brothers and the harp of their sister, not to mention the haunting vocals and harmonies.

From a progressive aspect we hear less of the jazz influences of the debut, but "By Chance it was", the only track sung in English, is eerie and foreboding, with subtle keyboards courtesy of Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill, whose brother also contributes. "Dheanainn Súgradh" is even more striking, with drums by the great Donal Lunny and an intricate lead guitar and flute duet in the break, offering hints of future directions. " Coinleach Ghlas an Fhómair" is a profoundly melancholic song that sounds like it could have inspired CAT STEVENS' "How can I tell you" , pouring forth run on grief-ridden phrases that apparently touch everyone but the oblivious lover. CLANNAD answers the stereotypical Irish folk group's alternating current of break neck fiddle driven instrumentals and melodramatic yet soporific ballads with lively songs like "An Gabhar Bán" and "Teidhir Abhaile Riú", exquisitely refined airs like "Eleanor Plunkett", and smoldering tunes like "Fairly Shot of Her".

If the debut was a bit scattered in a wondrous sense, Clannad 2 offers a firm yet gentle guidepost for the contemporary Celtic music movement. Its subtle joys and enduring statements, easily eclipsing the pinnacle for lesser acts, are but an elegant step onward and upwards for Clannad.

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
4 stars So, "Clannad 2" pretty much starts up where the debut album left off, even though this album came out in 1975, 2 years later. Back in the 70's , most bands were putting out 2 or 3 albums every year, but Clannad was taking their time, slowly putting themselves into the limelight, but enjoying their freedom to create new versions of mostly traditional Irish music and styles. The core band of 5 remained the same, the siblings Bhronain and their twin uncles. The music remains mostly acoustic with guitar, keyboards with occasional piano, flute, mandolin, harp and everyone having a part in the vocals, but most of them done by Maire Ni Bhronain. There were additional musicians also used for backup, especially another one of the Braonains on the drums with other musicians providing additional keys, guitars, synths, percussion and vocals. As on the previous album, most of the vocals are in Gaelic with only one track in English. Their popularity and move to a more new age style was still a few years away. For now, the music was mostly pure Irish and Celtic folk music done in a traditional way, without the complex violin and orchestral flourishes and synthesized layers. It was pure heartfelt music steeped in tradition, vocal harmonics and just a slight bit of modernization to make things more current.

The album starts with "An Gabhar Bán (The White Goat)". This has the traditional dance sound of Irish music with a nice danceable rhythm established by the instruments and not so much the percussion. Acoustic guitar, mandolin and flute play along with Maire's vocals, and later providing embellished versions of the melody during the instrumental break. "Eleanor Plunkett" is a classic, Irish tune by Turlough O'Carolan, one of Irelands most famous composers and harpists who was also blind. It is a beautiful instrumental rendition done mostly by the harp and later supported by the flute. "Coinleach Ghlas An Fhómhair" is one of my favorite early Clannad songs. It is a slow moving tune sung heartbreakingly beautiful by Maire accompanied mostly by a single acoustic guitar (and a subtle support from keys) that has it's own lovely melody that plays out in the introduction and throughout.

"Rince Philib a'Cheoil" is a definite traditional song with the choruses utilizing a droning harmony. A sparse drumming keeps the lilting tempo, and besides the guitar there is a short flute section. "By Chance It Was" is the only song with English lyrics, but with a heavy Irish sound as the band was not yet compromising it's traditional sound. A slow repeating guitar line plays in support and a simple piano backs that up. The flute embellishes the simple melody in the instrumental break. "Rince Briotánach" starts off innocently with a solo harp and a flute added in later. After passing through the melody a third time, percussion picks things up a bit and other instruments come in and things speed up as it goes along. This instrumental continues to repeat the main melody, builds up and then backs off again to where we are left as we began.

"Dhéanainn Súgradh" starts off with only harp playing melody. After a while, male led vocals and "in-unison" group singing come in. After a few verses, the drums come in and continue to keep moderate time. During an extended instrumental break, we even get some electric guitar and flutes as it morphs into a folk rock track. "Gaoth Barra Na dTonn" is simply with Maire's unaccompanied vocals. "Teidhir Abhaile Riú" has the typical Irish lilt with mandolin and flute with male vocals and a mixed chorus coming in later along with sparse percussion. "Fairly Shot of Her" is a nice, moderate instrumental with harp, mandolin and flute. "Chuaigh Mé Na Rosann" closes the album with the longest track at over 6 minutes. It is a moderately slow track with mostly just Maire's vocals and acoustic guitar and bass. A nice flute solo comes in during the instrumental breaks. Other traditional sounding instruments help support as the track continues.

In my opinion, this album actually steps back a little from the debut as far as the additional of more popular elements, except for the electric guitar in track 7. The sound is more traditional and acoustic with softer melodies overall and a more folkish sound. Of course, we are still far away from the more commercial sound of their popular years and the real Gaelic attitude is prevalent. Again, this is a nice, laid back album, with still no real indication to popularize the sound of the band, yet in doing so, they were laying the foundation for a surge and longing for Irish and Celtic music worldwide.

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4 stars 'Primary procreation is accomplished'. The band assumed its definitive cast of mind. Their repertoire basis is traditional folk songs in their own arrangement - and that arrangement is full of a very special magic. Not a sort of 'living in the past', but a path from long gone centuries to the pr ... (read more)

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