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Album Review

It was 2000 when Emerald Rose released their album Bending Tradition, yet listeners need their words always. "Penny in the Well"'s third verse reads: "The loving heart, it is the bird that sings the song (she sings the song)/And even hatred cannot cage her spirit long (although we see)/The nations fight, still as people we are joined (we all are joined)/Our love for life shall be our planet's common coin." And that's just the opening song. What follows ranges from upbeat rock, like "Pagan Girl," to the gleeful celebration of "Merry May Folk," to pensive ballads, such as "Hills of America," to old-style Irish story songs, like "Red-Haired Mary." Emerald Rose once again brings listeners their enthusiastic fusion of traditional Celtic and pro-pagan original music, and fans of their earlier self-titled release will be glad they have. On a serious note, one of the album's most powerful songs is "Freya Shakti," a chant honoring many aspects of the goddess. It is a moving tribute, and one likely to get their audience reaching for repeat play. There are a couple of covers — some beautiful vocal harmonies on "Come by the Hills," for example. Yet the majority of the selections are composed by bandmembers Arthur Hinds and Larry Morris, with input from co-performers Brian Sullivan and Claude Gilbert as well. And the results are exuberant, entertaining, and fun. These guys rock Celtic. So for listeners who value Celtic music performed from a positive pagan viewpoint, Bending Tradition is highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Fell in Love

I quite simply fell in love with Emerald Rose after hearing this album. I've had it a few years now and I'm putting on my iPod now. Great, fun music.

Wonderful Tunes

This album is absolutely beautiful. I've spent a lot of time surfing around for pagan themes in a more contemporary sound, and here I've finally found it! I can't say enough about this album or the band. I'm an instant fan!

Love it

This is one of the first ER CD's I ever got. I now own all of them. If you try it you too will be an ER fan.

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