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Album Review

The best Clannad record is now available again. This exceptional album shows to great advantage the many sides of this venerable Irish group, and features the gorgeous choral feast of "Theme from Harry's Game," one of their "hits." Recorded in 1983, Magical Ring includes a half-dozen originals and four traditional tunes, sung in the uniquely majestic and timeless manner of Clannad's lead vocalist, Maire Ni Bhraonain. Slow, yearning pieces alternate with lively folk-inspired ballads, some laced effectively with rock elements, while the hauntingly mesmerizing "Newgrange" is filled with strumming guitars and a low bass-drum rhythm that springs open with the many colors of the rainbow. Magical Ring is bound to become a personal favorite for many. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Classic

Absolutely wonderful. This album is the bridge between their more traditional earlier albums and their more new age stuff. Includes more of the synth/electric piano work started with Fuaim (also a terrific album). For my taste this is their last really great record (of new material). Haunting and always familiar (even when first hearing it, probably in the movie Patriot Games) Theme from Harry's Game is amazing. Tower Hill will transport you back to Brian Boru's time, and may be the best song they ever did without Maire singing lead. The haunting Coinleach Ghlas an Fhómair is a rerecording from Clannad 2. No changes but a more mature Maire singing. It's like tasting fine wine again after aging for a few extra years. Some of the songs sound slightly dated (Passing Time and I See Red) with an early 80's feel. But I am slightly dated too, so I count that as a positive; it is not annoying rather it is charming. Lovely harp throughout. Certainly their most polished work that still has a strong tie to their trad roots. I never tire of listening to it.

Biography

Formed: 1970 in Donegal, Ireland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Clannad bridged the gap between traditional Celtic music and pop. Usually, their results were an entrancing, enchanting form of pop that managed to fuse the disparate elements together rather seamlessly....
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