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Circle of the Sun
Aine Minogue
Circle of the Sun
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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This album from Irish singer and harpist Aine Minogue finds her veering Enya-ward with this sweepingly epic album, which celebrates the seasons according to the Celtic wheel of the year (a diagram is helpfully included in ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Aine Minogue
Title: Circle of the Sun
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Release Date: 1/27/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090266310821

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This album from Irish singer and harpist Aine Minogue finds her veering Enya-ward with this sweepingly epic album, which celebrates the seasons according to the Celtic wheel of the year (a diagram is helpfully included in the CD booklet). Circle of the Sun is a mix of traditional airs and original compositions; fans of Irish music will find many of the traditional songs familiar, and the original pieces are composed in a similar vein. (The sole exception is "O'Carolan's Concerto", a classical-sounding piece that is a tribute to Turlough O'Carolan.) Minogue's lovely harp and lovelier voice are supported by a host of backup musicians; fiddle, guitar, flute, whistle, and various percussion instruments feature prominently, especially on the faster tracks. Much of the music is relaxing, even conducive to meditation; however, Minogue's skill as a performer and as a composer prevent Circle of the Sun from ever being boring. Fans of Loreena McKennitt will find a lot to like here. -- Genevieve Williams

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CD Reviews

From another world
12/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The melodies and the rhythms that you will hear in this CD recall music from ancient rites and remote lands. The quality of the recording is superb. I believe, however, that the greatest value of the CD is Minogue's voice. If you enjoy unusual, powerful-yet-soothing voices, if you appreciate listening to gifted singers, Anne Minogue is the person you should listen to. Her voice is beyond this world."
A Fluid, Lively Celebration
bethtexas | United States | 05/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is more lively than either The Mysts of Time or Between Worlds. It doesn't feel as much like music from a temple ... it feels more like celebrational music. And that makes sense because that's what it's supposed to be. Each song is a celebration of a point on the calendar. One of my favorite pieces on this album is O'Carolans Concerto - his music is actually a very traditional thing for Celtic instrumentalists to play. And here, this piece certainly feels like a festival of winter. I can almost see velvet gowns swirling about in front of massive fire places.And another gem is "Fill it to the Brim" which has a lively beat that absolutely calls you to dance. It features Aine singing in an almost frisky whisper, "Fill it to the brim and don't say when. Drink your fill and drink again." Whether or not you celebrate the summer solstice, it's a great song for putting a spring in your step first thing in the morning. This is a creative, uplifting album. It's a perfect blend of gentle and spirited. I confess that I wouldn't want all of Aine's albums to be like this one because I would miss the ethereal holiness of her other albums. This one is a bit earthier. But I'm thrilled she made it. And frankly, if I owned the last copy of it on earth, you'd probably have to pay me six figures to get me to part with it."
Stunning voice, beautiful music
Bozhoo | 06/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album offers both Minogue's melting vocals and lilting instrumental pieces. The collection of songs is superb. The overall tone of the music remains calm and mediative. If you like Celtic and harp, you will LOVE with CD."