ARTIST:

LOREENA MC KENNITT

(CANADA)
TITLE:

THE BOOK OF SECRETS

(1997)
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Celtic, Female vocals, Hovering
"Far from being satisfied to produce a traditional Celtic music, Loreena Mc Kennitt brings to it in "The Book Of Secrets" a real enrichment and magnifies it to reach a kind of emotional paroxysm."
TONYB (01.06.2012)  
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After her mystical interrogations transcribed on her previous album, Loreena Mc Kennitt continues to pour out her thirst for knowledge about the panceltic culture, pursuing her research and her travels according to her discoveries. These untraced paths will thus take her to Italy on the tracks of Marco Polo, but also to Siberia or Istanbul. These different destinations and researches as well as the interrogations which result from them are going to feed the eight titles which compose The Book Of Secrets, assembly of various memories around the same quest.

Recorded for a part in Peter Gabriel's Real World studios, whose magical atmosphere will only accentuate the impression of serenity that emanates from this production, this sixth album of Loreena Mc Kennitt turns the listener upside down from the first measures of its Prologue: a sober accompaniment, a few notes of harp, oriental sounds, discreet percussions, and the voice of the beautiful one that immediately brings shivers along the spine. The recipes of The Mask And Mirror are found here, but with an additional refinement.

And what about The Mummer's Dance, a "hit" with a heady melody that will establish, if necessary, the international reputation of the artist. The marriage between oriental influences and Celtic tradition is simply perfect and it is, once again, impossible not to underline the extreme care brought to the percussions and their rhythmic lines. The instrumental Marco Polo goes even further in the crossbreeding before the second half of the album returns to more traditional standards of the artist, with as a highlight The Highwayman, a new adaptation of a British author, in this case the poet Alfred Noyes.

The tendency started on the previous album is confirmed here: far from being satisfied to produce a traditional Celtic music, and strong of her multiple experiences, Loreena Mc Kennitt brings an enrichment to it which, far from denaturing the original subject, magnifies it to bring it to a kind of emotional paroxysm, the kind of those which gives you emotions repeatedly. With The Book Of Secrets, and even if this one is not of this world, it is a form of perfection that the artist managed to propose us.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Prologue
02. The Mummers' Dance
03. Skellig
04. Marco Polo
05. The Highway Man
06. La Serenissima
07. Night Ride Across The Caucasus
08. Dante's Prayer

LINEUP:
Aidan Brennan : Guitares / Mandoline
Andy Brown: Alto
Anne Bourne: Violoncelle
Bob White : Flûtes irlandaises
Brian Hughes: Guitares / Bouzouki
Caroline Lavelle: Violoncelle, Viole de gambe
Chris Van Kampen : Violoncelle
Danny Thompson: Basse
David Rhodes: Guitares
Donald Quan : Claviers / Percussions, alto
Hossam Ramzy : Percussions
Hugh Marsh: Violon
Iain King : Violon
Joanna Levine : Viole de gambe
Johnathan Rees : Violon
Loreena Mc Kennitt: Chant / Claviers / Harpe, accordéon
Manu Katché: Batterie
Martin Brown : Guitares / Mandoline
Martin Jenkins : Mandoline
Nick Hayley: Lyre
Nigel Eaton : Vièle à roue
Osama : Violon
Paul Clarvis : Percussions
Rick Lazar : Percussions
Robin Jeffrey : Guitares
Steafan Hannigan : Bodhran (tambourin irlandais)
Steve Pigott: Claviers
   
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