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Journey Into the Morn
Journey Into the Morn
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock, Christian
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All Artists: Iona
Title: Journey Into the Morn
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Forefront
Original Release Date: 2/20/1996
Release Date: 2/20/1996
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock, Christian
Styles: Celtic, Meditation, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Pop & Contemporary
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724382514220

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Mystical, inspiring, energizing
Jeff A. Stucker | Eagle, ID United States | 01/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Inspired by the mystical reflections of ancient Irish saints, Journey into the Morn combines the best of Celtic, world beat, and rock influences. The instrumentation includes haunting vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, percussion of many kinds, basses, violins, viola, tin whistles, low whistles, soprano sax, flute, and chimes. The mysterious result is both soothing and energizing. Its tracks range from haunting to dreamlike, to pounding, but never grating. Many of the songs are long, and would never get air play, but they give ample time to explore themes and variations. I have enjoyed this album both as background music while working or entertaining, and during times of meditation.By far, my favorite track is "Encircling", a modern sonata in three parts. The music begins softly and builds to full force, with amazing electric guitar and drums layered over ancient themes and instrumentation. A portion of the lyrics (Lorica) are 4th century Irish, attributed to St. Patrick -- and by far the most beautiful English translation I have found of the Lorica. Other tracks are recorded in the original Gaelic. The CD lining gives both background information and the full lyrics used in the album. Reading these can be as inspiring as the music itself. As you read these notes, it becomes clear why they selected such timeless subject matter as the basis for their album. Iona's music is deeply rooted in the land and history. It literally inspired me to study centuries of Irish history, in order to learn the background for this great musical effort."
Beautiful music, awesome lyrics
puff | usa | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with the reviewer David Yeubanks who said that Iona's music is just heavenly! I got the album a few years ago when I was in my early twenties and Celtic music was very popular. I tried Enya at first but was disapointed by her slightly new age sounding lyrics. Even though I loved her voice, her music left me feeling a bit depressed. Iona's music is very uplifing and has the same quality Enya's music has. I think Iona is one of the best Christian bands. This album I think would even be appreciated by non Christian fans of Irish music. (Definitely a good gift idea for your non believing friends!)"
Simply an Awesome CD
Van Gogh | Maryland | 12/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I accidentally stumbled onto this CD through one of those CD clubs and I have been thankful for several years now. I thought I was buying an Enya or Clannad New Age type disc for the occasional listen. Instead, I lucked upon a stunning, almost operatic piece of music which combines progressive rock elements with new age and Celtic music and inspirational lyrics. I just can't say enough about this CD. Listen to it and it will move you spriritually. Great vocals, great music and good production on these recordings. I never grow tired of listening to this CD."