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Album Review

After celebrating 40 years in the industry in 2013, Runrig returned to the studio to record what would be billed as their final album. A reflective look at their past, The Story also breathes new life into their sound. The lead single and title track "The Story" is also included.

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Every Story Must End

The final album from a band that have meant so much to not only its fans, but to Scotland as a whole, is obviously a sad occasion. However, 'The Story' does what every great ending to a narrative does - it leaves you wanting more. The songs feel fresh, masterfully produced by Brian Hurren. There is an intensity and a tempo throughout the album that allows for the necessary contemplation on Runrig's place in its fans' lives, as well as confirmation that they have been able to adapt with its fans by remaining as modern any of its contemporaries. A very fitting final song, 'Somewhere', with its ethereal lyrics, and a heartbreaking surprise after the final note is played.

And What a story it is

From the folky days of Play Gaelic and The Highland connection 40 years ago, Runrig have constantly developed their unique sound. Keeping an essential Celtic soul to their music they have improved their production and gradually evolved the scope and fullness of their sound. This is, I am crushed to hear, their last studio album. The culmination of a story 40 years in the telling. Their final offering sees a more dance like feel to the albums first single. Even more dancy than Proterra. Less rocky than Everything You See. But Malcolm's soaring guitar, Ian's phenomenal drums, Brian's genius production and Rory with his husky, throaty voice combined with the vision, scope and poetry of Callum's lyrics make this unmistakably Runrig at the very top of their game. Can't wait for the rest of the album to be released and to see them in Sheffield in February. Can't wait to hear Bruce add his contribution. Buy the single and be part of the Runrig Story. You really won't regret it.

Dave G

Still dreaming of the Hebrides

Just it!
Incredibly sad to think that this will be there last album, but what an album to out on. Onar and The Place Where the Rivers Run are immediate favourites, but all good. The Story is brilliant as well.
Lovely tribute to the American astronaut Laurel Clark on Somewhere.


Formed: April, 1973

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Scotland's Runrig were formed in 1973 as a trio by Rory MacDonald, Calum MacDonald, and Blair Douglas, adding Donnie Munro the next year. Douglas quit and was replaced by Robert MacDonald, who died of cancer in 1986. The band went through a number of lineup changes before settling on the MacDonalds, Munro, Peter Wishart, Iain Bayne, and Malcolm Jones -- Canadian singer Bruce Guthro replaced Munro in 1999. Runrig play a version of traditional Scottish folk music with a more anthemic rock sound; they...
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