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Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
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Cheryl Iaconis | Bakersfield, CA | 02/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just a great CD. I've been listening to this for weeks and the songs keep getting better and better. My personal favorites are The Baron of Brackley, Lough Erne's Shore and An Air For Mary Tipton. The purity and beauty of Connie's voice is match only by Loreena Mckennitt. Anyone buying "Somebody" WILL NOT be disappointed."
Michele J. Raffaele | Pittsburgh, PA/Mcfarland, WI | 03/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Simply Perfect" is how I would describe Connie Dover's first solo album, "Somebody" which truly showcases the diversity of this stunning artist. Several Celtic artists contribute their instrumental abilties, including Manus Lunny on guitar and bouzouki, Christy O'Leary on uileann pipes and whistle, Aly Bain on fiddle and Phil Cunnigham on keyboards, accordion, whistles, and cittern. Cunningham also produced the album, and went on to produce Connie's other three albums, "The Wishing Well" "If Ever I Return" and "The Border Of Heaven"
The album begins with the anguished "Somebody" a tale of lost love and the heartbreak that accompanies it. "My heart is sore for Somebody" she sings with a touch of sadness in her voice.
The tone is still melencholy, but a bit darker for "The Baron Of Brackley", a ballad based on an alledged real-life feud between John Gordon of Brackley and John Farquharson of Inverey, Braemar. Many of Connies songs tell a story, which this one vividly does so. I like to call them "story-songs"
Connie also does many instrumentals, which "On Castle Rock" is one of. The song, composed by Connie herself is the name given to the large volcanic rock formation on which Edinburgh Castle stands. Very mellow and peaceful.
Lough Erne's Shore is yet another tale of romantic angst. A pastoral love song form the north Ireland, Connie sings from the man's point of view, about falling instantly in love with a fair maddien on the banks of Lough Erne's Shore. The instrumental bridge in this song is absolutely breathtaking.
The tone is once again shifted dramatically in "Jack Of Diamonds", a 19th century American song, whose roots can be traced back to Scotland. "Jack Of Diamonds" tells the tale of a Cowboy's woes and how he wishes he had a "bottle as long as my arm". A fine showcase of Celtic-Country music.
another dramatic shift in mood occurs for "Cantus", which is probably without question the most profound song on the album. Sung in Latin and English, this achingly beautiful song praises the birth and final sacrifice of Jesus Christ as well as the devotion of Mary, His mother. The song encompasses a 14th century Latin carol and a blend of two Marian poems set to music composed by Connie.
An Air For Mary Tipton, another instrumental composed by Connie, is a slow air Connie named in honor of her maternal Grandmother. Her love for her family and for tradition is quite evident here.
"O'er The Hills And Far Away" is another "upbeat" tune taken from a "Peddlars Pack of Ballads & Songs" edited by W.H. Lougan in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1869. A lovely showcase of the pennywhistle here.
Connie does a fine job with "Shenandoah" , the well-known Missouri River boatman's song. However, this is a rare version of the song that many people might not have heard before.
closing out the album is the emotional "Rosemary's Sister", another "story-song". by Welsh songwriter, Huw Williams, the song is set in London during World War 2. This heart-wrenching song tells the story of Rosemary and her little sister, who died in a bombing during the "Blitz" at the age of 9. Now Rosemary's sister is an angel, dancing in heaven, and Rosemary must cope with a life without her little sister. A perfect ending to "Somebody"
Showcasing music from around the world, "Somebody" is a must have for die-hard Celtic Music fans as well as those who have recently been introduced to the genre. I highly reccommend it.
A softer album from a beautiful artist
bethtexas | United States | 04/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album focuses more on Celtic aires than her other albums. Most of the songs are gentle, long-playing classically-styled aires that sound absolutely heavenly. She certainly has more than enough voice to carry off an album like this, and it is one her fans will treasure forever. It does lack some of the excitement of her later works because there's not as much variety from song to song. Each one is a long, gentle piece. But it's an album worth having, and in it, she certainly proves that she has all the voice and sophistication of any other classic-Celtic artist out there."