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Voice of Ages

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Produced by Paddy Moloney and T-Bone Burnett, Voice of Ages celebrates The Chieftains' 50th anniversary as the world's most famous and beloved traditional Irish band. They’ve got a slew of guests here, from indie rock's Bon Iver and Low Anthem to Americana's Punch Brothers and Irish and Scottish folk music's Lisa Hannigan. Appalachian folk music has many roots in the Irish countryside, and the shared affinities make "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies" with Miranda Lambert's side project The Pistol Annies a perfect fit. The Decemberists' Colin Meloy mines Bob Dylan's "When the Ship Comes In" for a sweet recasting, while The Civil Wars pen their own "Lily Love" that sounds like one from the ages. Hannigan comes close to Sinead O'Connor territory for the evergreen "My Lagan Love," which always sounds like a singer bursting through a thick Irish fog. "The Frost Is All Over" relaxes The Punch Brothers while The Chieftains provide the traditional backing, as is their job throughout. The album’s deluxe edition includes a 30-minute video about the making of the album and the video for the Low Anthem collaboration "School Days Over."

Customer Reviews

Great artists

The decemberists + Irish music = amazing
civil wars + Irish music = breath taking
bon iver + Irish music = life changing

great except for the putrid bon iver

Great album with some great added performers (Miranda Lambert and The Decemberists), but I have to figure out a way to scratch the CD so that I don't ever, ever have to hear Justin Vernon's putrid vocals again. It's sugar soaked in honey and poured over high fructose corn syrup, then sucked through a filled pixie stick.

Too Bad

Her goes iTunes taking us back to the bad old days of CDs. It had gotten to the point that the music industry was encouraging artists to put out albums with one good song. Then charged us $17.00 to get it, along with a dozen other mediocre songs that we didn't want.

Greed! Greed! Greed!

Buy it all or else!


Formed: 1963 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The original traditional Irish folk band, as far as anyone who came of age in the 1970s or '80s is concerned, is the Chieftains. Their sound, built largely on Paddy Moloney's pipes, is otherworldly, almost entirely instrumental, and seems as though it comes out of another age of man's history. That they became an international phenomenon in the '70s and '80s is testament to their virtuoso musicianship. The Chieftains were first formed in Dublin during 1963, as a semi-professional outfit, from the...
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