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Album Review

Nightnoise carved out a popular niche for their ethereal blend of Celtic music with mellow jazz, though with a predictable lack of respect from hardcore practitioners of both styles. Though no one album is gong to convince the true believers in either camps that there is something to this fusion, A Different Shore has some powerful arguments. There are moments here when the melancholy, sentimental Irish tones mesh perfectly with more modern ideas about instrumentation, such as the lovely tune "For Eamonn." Likewise "The Busker on the Bridge" throws a lovely jazz flute solo back to back with a star turn on Irish bagpipes, followed by a purely Celtic vocal solo in the "mouth music" style. This shouldn't work at all, but it manifestly does. Not everything comes together this well — Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill's rambling lyrics and quavering vocals on "Falling Apples" make one thankful that it's her only song on this release, and the odd syncopated piano on "Mind the Dresser" sounds calculated and mars an otherwise interesting melodic line. Those quibbles aside, A Different Shore is generally very successful and enjoyable. This album has changed more than one skeptic's mind about jazz/Celtic fusion.

Customer Reviews

Clouds Go By

Was dining with my family at the artists point restaurant in Walt Disney world wilderness lodge. This beautiful song came on over the dining room soundtrack. I tried finding it on line with no luck.
A year later we were back but this time I had Shazam on my iPhone when I heard it again I just listened with the Shazam app and it came right up:
"Clouds go by" by Night Noise. Whoever picked out the music for the Artist Point restaurant was spot on. It really contributes to the atmosphere of being in one of our western national parks


Genre: Electronic

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

A seamless blend of Celtic music, jazz, and classical chamber music has given Nightnoise their distinct sound. Nightnoise was initially conceived as a duo formed by Irish guitarist Mícháel Ó Domhnaill, formerly of Skara Brae and the Bothy Band, and classically trained American violinist Billy Oskay, shortly after Ó Domhnaill moved to Portland. The duo concept grew into a full ensemble when a demo tape by Oskay and Ó Domhnaill became the band's first album with the addition of clavinet player Tríona...
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A Different Shore, Nightnoise
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: New Age, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Apr 07, 1995

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