Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, BELIEVE marks for Celtic Woman a new chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. Celtic Woman's previous smash-hit Public Television programs and companion live concert dvd's were filmed at historic locations around Ireland. For the first time ever a Celine Woman concert was filmed in America and capture the infectious energy of their loyal American fans.
2012 release, the sixth album from the internationally acclaimed vocal phenomenon. Celtic Woman is the all-female singing sensation featuring vocalists Chlo‰ Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and Celtic violinist M ir‚ad Nesbitt performing classic Irish songs ("The Water Is Wide," "Green Grow the Rushes," "A Woman's Heart," "The Parting Glass"), timeless pop anthems ("Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Sailing"), and inspirational songs ("You'll Never Walk Alone," "Ave Maria") with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes.
Awakening is a song that reminds me of The Sky and the Dawn and the Sun. It starts off with each of the girls singing a short solo then they all come together with energy and excitement in the air. The song is about awakening the dawn as a fire in the night.
Personnel: Ewan Cowley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki); Gerald Peregrine, Martin Johnston (cello); Tommy Martin (whistle, Uilleann pipe); David Downes (whistle, grand piano, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Anthony Byrne (bagpipe); Eoghan O'Neill (bass guitar); Ray Fean (drums, bodhran, percussion); Andy Reilly (bodhran, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Andrew Boland.
Recording information: Studio Two; Windmill Lane Studio 1.
Director: Rosemary Collier.
Photographer: Jason Fobart.
Publisher: Johnny Lappin.
Arranger: David Downes.
Believe, the sixth outing from the Celtic Woman, features 17 new tracks that dutifully blur the line between traditional and contemporary pop music. For the most part, the group, which consists of vocalists Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly and newcomer Lisa Lambe, violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, and a full orchestra, don't deviate too much from the Riverdance-meets-Celine Dion approach that's made them internationally lauded stars since their formation in 2004. Folk standards like "The Parting Glass," "Water Is Wide," and "Green Grow the Rushes" glisten with new age flourishes, yet retain their distinctive melodies, while grandiose takes on pop hits (Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters") and inspirational anthems ("You'll Never Walk Alone") throw subtlety under the bus and drive off into the sunset, resulting in another elegant and accessible set from the ladies that's sure to please longtime fans, while simultaneously reinforcing their detractors' ire. ~ James Christopher Monger
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