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Album Review

Though in a very different way, Mouth Music's sophomore effort is every bit as satisfying as the band's debut. The differences are several: first, the exquisite Talitha MacKenzie is gone, replaced by the equally and separately fine Michaela Rowan and Jackie Joyce, one of whom brings the Celtic vocal inflections that otherwise would have gone missing with MacKenzie, and the other of whom brings in an interesting Franco/pan-African twist that energizes the gently churning "Birnam" and the loping "Maudit." Second, bandleader Martin Swan is clearly looking beyond the Celt-funk fusion he defined on the debut album, so this time we get a curiously compelling vegetarian anthem based on a Xhosa chant and the aforementioned French poetry, as well as the usual adaptations of traditional puirt-a-beul for which the band is named. The album closes with a gorgeous and deliriously funky live track called "So Step Off," during which Swan charmingly addresses the listener as "y'all."

Customer Reviews

A Fantastic Sonic Tapestry...

I have loved this album since it first came out in 93 or so. It holds up very well. It's great to see it, along with other Mouth Music selections here finally. Do yourself a favor, check out "Hey Mandu. Maudit, Hoireann O and definitely "So Step Off". The :30 sample can do them no justice. Martin Swan Is a genius with sonic texture and haunting grooves. Check out the "Shorelife" album as well. Grade A primo goods here...Fo' Sho'!

Afro-Celtic music

While this album doesn't satisfy me quite as much as Martin Swan's original effort, I love listening to it nearly 15 years later. "Waiting" is a beautiful song.

An Exellent Ride!

Eminently wonderful followup to their first album-I do kinda miss the Gallic (however unpronouncable when singing along!), however this album takes you further around the globe and deeper into yourself. "Waiting" and "Maudit" are highlights but by no means are they the only things you should listen to on this album. Just put it on and press "PLAY"-let the journey begin!

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