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The Brennan family and their band Clannad led the new Celtic music revolution for many years, with a string of solid acoustic albums that made them a must to hear. But with the success of Brennan diva Enya, and the popul... more »
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The Brennan family and their band Clannad led the new Celtic music revolution for many years, with a string of solid acoustic albums that made them a must to hear. But with the success of Brennan diva Enya, and the popularity the band achieved as their "Harry's Game" made it into TV and movies, they have slowly turned a course toward a more popular sound, awash in layered voices, reverb, and synthesizers. Anam is the center ground between the two careers, with plenty of rootsy folk supplied by fiddle, bouzouki, guitars, and harp. And it's impossible not to like the singing of Marie and Ciaran Brennan. But the album also marks the beginning of that wash of sound that was to make them famous, so this is possibly the last truly "Irish" album they made and the first "new-Celtic" one. --Louis Gibson
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Val M. (jaglvr) from ELIZABETHTOWN, PA
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A turning point in the career of Clannad
Brian Aldrich | Valdosta GA | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although Anam isn't my favorite album by Clannad, it is certainly a far cry better than the average reviewer has judged it! Let's settle something first..if you want to hear gritty lively Irish hoofin' music...then no...this album is not for you...but then Clannad have never been about dancing really. A lot of their sound is atmospheric but Clannad are also eclectic...this album goes from ethereal to pop to folk to jazz... Certain tracks stand out:"Ri na Cruinne" is a beatifully arranged song for the voices of Clannad...it's rhythm meanders around their harmonies amd makes a perfect entry for this albums journey. "Anam" which means "soul" shows off Maire's celtic harp and the angel end of her vocal range. "In Fortune's Hand" is a rather fast paced song...showing Clannad is not a one trick pony. Very driven, the song has a mean hook!"Poison Glen" is just a tale told thru song."Why Worry" shows a developing interest in jazz...probobly the best song on here...very unique...before this song Clannad had not really gone this far in a jazz sound yet. An earlier song "The Hunter" seems to have forshadowed this sound.This album shows an amazing maturity and growth that would fuel later albums like Banba, Lore, and Landmarks. Working in a music store I have recomended this album to many customers who came back for more...so I believe this is a nice intro for a later era Clannad.As far as my favorite albums by Clannad go...well... it would be Banba, Macalla, Landmarks, Lore, Anam and Dulaman, this is out of the 18 Clannad CDs I own so you see...Anam really ranks high!"
Sharon E. Cathcart | San Jose, CA United States | 07/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In Irish Gaelic, "Anam" means "soul" or "essence." That spirit certainly comes through on this album by Ireland's Clannad. From the ethereal "Theme From Harry's Game" (originally recorded for an earlier album, "Magical Ring") to "In A Lifetime" (a duet between Maire Brennan and U2's Bono), this album evokes emotion with each track. The first time I heard "Harry's Game," I found myself moved to tears - without even knowing what the words meant. Maire's voice has *that* much power. This is an essential for any Celtic music fan's collection."