Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
In 1990, country star Kathy Mattea decided she needed to slow down and reconnect with her musical roots. That meant folk music, and she took some time off to go visit her favorite Scottish folk singer, Dougie MacLean. Whil... more »
In 1990, country star Kathy Mattea decided she needed to slow down and reconnect with her musical roots. That meant folk music, and she took some time off to go visit her favorite Scottish folk singer, Dougie MacLean. While over there, MacLean coproduced and played several instruments on Mattea's version of "From a Distance," and when Mattea returned to Nashville, she recorded a version of MacLean's "Ready for the Storm." Both songs showed up on Mattea's '91 album, Time Passes By, and left her fans asking, Who is this Dougie MacLean? This anthology answers that question. The Dougie MacLean Collection skims the cream from seven different albums and a video that MacLean released on his own Dunkeld Records in Scotland. The centerpiece of the collection is "Caledonia," a lovely homesick ballad which has become the unofficial anthem of Scottish nationalism. Throughout the album MacLean's sparkling acoustic guitar work is evidence of the long years he put in playing traditional Celtic tunes with such top Scottish folk bands as Silly Wizard and the Tannahill Weavers. Many of his own compositions deal with his attachment to his homeland, and when he describes how "across the Arlick the amber sun beats down to tinge the vivid green," as he does on "Solid Ground," MacLean can be quite evocative. Unfortunately, he seldom stops himself before he turns simple sentiments into sentimental excess. With none of the saving humor of Andy Stewart or the tough-minded realism of Dick Gaughan, MacLean too often gives in to smug, middle-brow bombast. --Geoffrey Himes
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Katie B | Austin, TX | 10/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have never heard of Dougie MacLean before I went to the music store and saw this c.d--I bought it because I love Scotland and was curious to hear this music...I put it in and instantly fell in love with it...The song "Caledonia" is beautiful. You can hear his Scottish accent in the songs, which just adds to it's appeal. His style is like James Taylor and folky type but it's so much more than that...it's really quite different---you will love this. His lyrics are wonderful and powerful, mixed with his awesome voice, and enchanting background music ---you wont stop listening to it...so buy it and enjoy!!!!"
Dougie - Five Stars as usual!
wilykit104 | Hants, UK | 03/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're NOT familiar with Dougie's music and want to be, this is probably a good CD to start off with as it has a good selection of songs from his other albums, (a good mixture of up tempo and more relaxed tracks) all written by himself - no covers on this one. I wouldn't say that these were ALL the best of Dougie's songs, but then it would be far easier to fit all of dougie's not-so-good tracks on one album than vice versa!
If you ARE familiar with Dougie's music, then what the heck, buy it anyway! It's a great CD to add to your collection even if you have some of the songs on other CDs.
Dougie's lyrics are always very deep and meaningful, so if you like that in music (as opposed to mindless babble or incomprehensive screaming!!) then this music is for you!
Dougie has a fantastic voice, especially if you like celtic/scottish music/voices. His voice is very rich and natural throughout all his singing, never sounding forced, and yet he still sings with great volume and power. Personally (and as a singer myself) I have rarely heard him sing off-key, and if he ever does, at least it proves how natural his voice is, not electronified or heard through a voice correcter, like SO much of todays music! If anything, he has the natural ability to add real life and depth to his music that goes way beyond the tune and the lyrics. I highly recommend all Dougie MacLean music."
The ultimate album by one of Scotland's best singer-songwrit
David L. Alexander | Portland, OR USA | 03/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this up on a lark, not knowing what to expect. I saw an interview with Dougie MacLean on a PBS special about Celtic culture and music, and was intrigued by what he had to say about the culture and its music. Dougie MacLean stands in a long line of tremendous singer-songwriters who tell tales about the land, its people, and what It All Means. He does it with a poetry and subtlety that few others do. It took a listen or two before I 'got it', but once I did, I felt like I had been let in on some kind of insider's secret. Do get this album. There's not a bad song on it, and you'll find that many artists have done covers of Dougie MacLean's songs for a good reason - they're beautiful, poignant, and speak to the heart of the Celtic soul. Slainte mhath."