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Beautiful Wasteland
Capercaillie
Beautiful Wasteland
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Capercaillie is the leading torchbearer for an innovative Celtic music hybrid that integrates Scottish traditional styles with sleek contemporary ambient, dance, and pop elements--bringing the music well beyond its custom...  more »

      
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All Artists: Capercaillie
Title: Beautiful Wasteland
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 6/9/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Celtic New Age
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014431044120

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Capercaillie is the leading torchbearer for an innovative Celtic music hybrid that integrates Scottish traditional styles with sleek contemporary ambient, dance, and pop elements--bringing the music well beyond its customary folkie boundaries. Beautiful Wasteland is constructed largely from Gaelic "mouth music" tunes sung gorgeously by Karen Matheson and arranged with submarine musical depths by Manus Lunny. There are showers of synthesizers to color the fiddle and bouzouki textures, but the synths never take precedence simply because so much is going on. Capercaillie rivets their tunes with solid beats and then populates the sound field with ambient vibrations and a catalog of acoustic instruments. In addition, North African vocal duo Sibeba collaborates on two tracks, adding a vocal dimension that further extends Beautiful Wasteland's unassuming, profound international multiculturalism. --Andrew Bartlett

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Unique and Fabulous!
antithesis90 | Hamel, MN USA | 12/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, it sounds like a concept that wouldn't work: traditional Celtic music and African chants. It is FABULOUS ~ it's a lively, driving CD that is wonderful from start to finish; it is by far my favourite Capercaillie, perhaps because of its uniqueness. This album is unlike anything you've ever heard, even put out by the band. There's plenty of mouth music to show off Karen's talent, and lots of fiddle work for fans of Charlie (like me!). It's brilliant and a must have for any Capercaillie fan! (My mom plays it when she cleans her house 'cause she says it motivational.)"
Beautiful CD
Tess | MA | 10/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big Capercaillie fan, as well as a fan of Celtic music in general. It took a while for this CD to grow on me; as previous reviewers have mentioned, it mixes African influences with traditional Celtic music to an extent that their previous CDs didn't. However, listening to it, I began to appreciate how beautifully they had melded the two structures. There was a definite feeling of "order out of chaos" in some of the songs, especially the sublime "Co ni mi ruin"-- it sounds a bit confusing at first, but by the climax of the song, it's all you can do not to sing along. Other exceptional songs on the CD were "Shelter," a very simple ballad which shows off Matheson's voice with a minimum of instrumental accompaniment, and "Beautiful Wasteland," which has more of their previous modernized-Celtic thing going on. This is one of my favorite CDs, simply because I liked what they did with the music, but if you're not a fan of the direction their experimentation's taking, it's probably not for you."
Capercaillie's best!
Roderick Gilchrist | Pebble Beach, CA USA | 01/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Absolutely the best Capercaillie album. The Celts and Scots were far ranging people and the African infusion blends perfectly."