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Album Review

With Ronan Tynan having already overcome numerous obstacles and achieved commendable results, it should come as no surprise that the former Irish Tenor's latest release, The Dawning of the Day, is a collection of faith-based songs that have been particularly inspiring and important to the singer. Everything on the album, from the Vince Gill-penned "Go Rest High on That Mountain" (Gill also sings on Tynan's version of "Morning Has Broken") to "The Lord's Prayer" to the post-9/11 title song (whose words were written by Mary Fahl), strives to attain that kind of controlled intensity that accents Tynan's evocative voice so well. Because if nothing else, the singer is able to inflict emotion into anything he performs (not that anything titled "Be Still, My Soul" needs a lot of help with that anyway), trilling his Rs mightily on "God Bless America," weeping the Spanish lyrics of "Via Dolorosa," doing everything in his power (and that of his producers) to make his listeners feel the music as strongly as he apparently does. The songs are all religiously themed, some more overtly than others (the aforementioned "Via Dolorosa," for example, as well as "23," which quotes the famous Psalm), and some incorporate full orchestral scores while some stick with a simpler acoustic guitar and strings format, but all work to stimulate feeling in their audience. All of this, of course, means that the album can seem a bit overdone and affected, but its overall effect just depends on whether or not this is seen as a drawback. For fans of the Irish Tenors or Ronan Tynan, the answer will most likely be that it is not, which should make The Dawning of the Day thoroughly enjoyable.

Customer Reviews


An amazing piece of musical art... I don't see how anyone could listen to these songs, sung by this amazing voice, and not be moved to tears. AMAZING!!

Great, New Material

The album is worth getting for "Faith of Our Fathers" alone. It is not plagued with the '50s style choirs and overly elaborate instrumentation of earlier albums. "Morning Has Broken" reminds of Neil Diamond, but it is light and lyrical. "Going Home" better than the "Amazing Grace" medley in one his other albums. If you are a Ronan Tynan fan, this collection is a must.

Simply beautiful

If you are a Ronan Tynan fan this album is a must have. I know and love most of these songs from church hymnals, but when Ronan sings them they are given a new, amazing sound. Ronan and his voice are treasured gifts from heaven.


Born: May 14, 1960

Genre: Vocal

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

A founding member of the Irish Tenors, Ronan Tynan's story would be inspiring even if he'd never pursued a musical career. Born May 14, 1960, in Dublin, Tynan spent three years in the hospital after a difficult birth that claimed the life of his twin brother. Raised in Johnstown, County Kilkenny, his lower legs and feet never completely developed, leaving him disabled; worse, at age 20, Tynan was forced to have both lower legs amputated after complications arising from a car accident. Undaunted,...
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