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Beltane: Songs for the Green Time


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A Welcomed Recording

There is much to be happy about in this recording. There are some really wonderful songs that reflect the wonderful holiday of Beltane. I will gladly celebrate along with a couple of them. "Beltane Night" is a wonderful first track, followed by the slightly quirky, but still enjoyable "Spiral Dance." "The Month of Maying" is one of the best songs on the CD, and it is followed by the amazing and haunting "The Green Man," which plumbs a much deeper and poignant level of love and maturity. The jaunty "Going Away Jig" sounds probably the most "Celtic" with a hint of the band Lunasa or Solas (with a smattering of the great Altan).

So far, so fantastic.

Then, the CD seems to loose a lot of focus and kind of drifts off without clarity. I like the obscure and enigmatic - in fact, probably a lot more than most, but with the strange and seemingly out-of-place "The Bear," I just thought it was one of those "we gotta put this on the CD" kinds of things, because they follow that with a unique arrangement of "Summer is a comin' in" which I hoped would pull things back on track (so to speak). "Speak to me" is a lovely, if repetitive and too-lengthy song that didn't have the breadth of, say, "The Green Man."

The final two tracks on this CD are just a puzzle to me. "The Dawn Chorus" is anything but a chorus - kind of a strange French cafe-sounding kind of piece that drifts along without uncovering anything, really; and the final song, "Stillness" is rather poorly performed and completely mystifying as to why it's even on here at all. To make such a wonderful recording celebrating the, well, the JOY of Beltane is magnificent; to end that recording with two such puzzling pieces seems a bit of a great let down. Why they chose to do this seems beyond my ken.

I think Jaiya should be kudoed up and down for bringing some actual musicianship to a field or genre of music that, let's face it, has been of rather poor quality. They do some absolutely wonderful stuff, but it's my opinion that they could really use a much stronger producer for their work to keep the focus strongly fixed on the complete, overall recording, not just the individual pieces.

So, finally, out of 10 songs, 6 of them are very strong. Not bad, not bad at all! I look forward to what they create next and wish them great success.

Beltane: Songs for the Green Time, Jaiya
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