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Album Review

Half Tail, Wolfstone's followup to their breakthrough Year of the Dog, essentially repeats the formula of its predecessor, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Wolfstone energizes their Celtic roots with impassioned rock energy, much like how the Waterboys reshaped Celtic music for their Fisherman's Blues and Room to Roam albums. However, unlike the Waterboys or Black 47, Wolfstone don't abandon Celtic for rock — they just channel that anthemic passion back into their folk. Half Tail isn't as consistently enthralling as Year of the Dog but that's only a relative judgment. On its own terms, it's stellar.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Over the course of nine years, Wolfstone dragged Scottish music -- sometimes kicking and screaming, but always quite loudly -- into the world of rock. They were loud and proud and transferred Seattle's grunge ethic from the Pacific Northwest to the Highlands, applying it to both traditional and their original music. It all began when fiddler Duncan Chisholm put together a ceilidh band to play dances in the Highlands, adding pipes and bass and drums into the mix -- a combination that was well-received....
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