Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Named after the Celtic goddess of inspiration, the duo of Renée Gray and Andrew Fryer that is Ceredwen debuts with a CD that is at once energetic, introspective, and ethereal. Inspired by the mabinogi or oral stories passe... more »
Named after the Celtic goddess of inspiration, the duo of Renée Gray and Andrew Fryer that is Ceredwen debuts with a CD that is at once energetic, introspective, and ethereal. Inspired by the mabinogi or oral stories passed down from ancient Celtic tribes, Ceredwen interestingly mesh the modern sounds of keyboards, drum machines, and heavily processed vocals with piano, pennywhistle, and percussion to bring forth a unique, rhythmic brand of Celtic music. Gray sings in Welsh, which gives the songs a timeless flavor, though on some tunes ("Fel Yr Eira" or "Like the Snow") the heavy effects detract from her pretty voice. There are also a few songs that take a little too long in getting going, but overall the album will well please fans of Enigma or modern Celtic music. --Karen Karleski
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AE | USA | 03/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am really impressed with this CD. I bought it on an impulse, because I really hadn't heard the tracks well enough to make a fair judgement of whether I liked it or not.. but I'm glad I did. I love Celtic music, especially if it has that olde time flavor... this CD doesn't have that flavor, but that doesn't take away from it in the least. I would actually call this "Celtic Trance". The beats are like those that you would hear in a club, but the instruments are genuinly Celtic, and the lyrics are magnificent. I love the sound of Welsh, and when it is written as beautifully as these songs, you can't as for more! The only downfall I can find with this CD is that it is a little "new agey".. I'm not one for Enya and Yanni. Though some tracks on this CD (like #1) resemble them, I still like it, which is saying a lot. To top off the great music, the CD is set in a detailed, colorful, and high-quality case with a long booklet. The lyrics are in Welsh and English, with background Mythology. Its splendid!"
Enigma meets Enya!
AE | 08/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This amazing piece of aural soundscapes, sung in Welsh by the sweet-voiced Renee Grey, never strays far from my CD player. The beautiful other-worldly vocals and synthesizer effects combine with laid-back dance-pop beats, lush orchestration and infectious melodies. Fans of Enigma will find themselves on familiar territory here with the dance themes, and Enya fans will love the vocal performance. Also, the track listing on the CD is different from Amazon.com's version...the actual tracklisting is as follows: 1) Porth Annwyn (The Gates of Annwyn) 2) Yng Ngolau Ddydd (In The Light of the Day) 3) Dial Bendigeidfran (The Revenge of Bendigeidfran) 4) Morwyn Y Blodau (Lady of the Flowers) 5) a. TirGwastraff (The Wasteland) b. Cwynfan Pryderi (Pryderi's Lament) 6) Blwyddyn I Heno (A Year From This Night) 7) Teyrnas Y Ser (In The Realm Of The Summer Stars) 8) Fel Yr Fira (Like The Snow) 9) Rhiannon All the songs have vocals save for "Teyrnas Y Ser". Some also take a while to get going. But that does not detract from the whole experience. There is a lengthy booklet that comes with this CD that explains in detail the myths and background information. For a real treat, read the booklet, put this CD into your player and listen to this CD in the dark under headphones. You won't be sorry."
Very interesting, very different
A. Burchfield | Conway, Missouri USA | 08/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very interesting album, good to hear the tunes sung in Welsh instead of English. I like many of the songs and the delivery of most of them. I guess that I'm what might be called a traditionalist in that I would like to hear something with a traditional sound, this one is good but very modern. Probably most Enya listeners will find something to like here although I'd say she's closer to the past in her styling."