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Natural Angle

Gráda

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Album Review

For their fifth album, Irish band Grada have enlisted the services of Tim O'Brien as producer, as well as employing his musical services on "The Hutt Reels," "Pretty Polly," and "Louis Collins" (their label head, Alison Brown, also guests on two tracks). It's been three years since their last disc, and they've undergone some personnel changes, but the musical core remains strong, with Nicola Joyce contributing sweet vocals to several tracks, most notably the traditional "Butcher Boy" (a variant on "I Wish I Was a Maid Again"). They're equally strong on instrumental sets and songs, able to vary the mood between the elegiac "Salthill Bugalú" and an interesting take on Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins," which sounds nothing like a blues here, given a very Irish makeover. There's a good mix of the traditional and original, with one song by O'Brien, "John Riley," an Irish emigration ballad with a twist. This is a band that continues to grow and plow its own furrow.

Customer Reviews

Celtic at its finest!

What a great CD! This is in HEAVY rotation at our house. Was well worth the wait after Cloudy Day Navigation (another favorite of mine).

NPR recommended

I was listening to the radio when an interesting review of the group and it's music was being discussed. I am a fan of Americana, folk, Celtic music such as Bob Dylan, the Pogues, the Real McKenzies, and now this group.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It's definitely a compliment when an Irish folk band is said to be to its genre what Arcade Fire are to indie. But that's just part of the praise heaped on Gráda since their formation in 2001. The five-piece, which is made up of musicians not just from Ireland but also New Zealand, has undergone some lineup changes over the years, but remains true to its musical base, thanks to the core of bassist Andrew Laking and guitarist Gerry Paul, both of whom grew up in New Zealand. For the first few years,...
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Natural Angle, Gráda
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Jan 26, 2010

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