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Genres: Folk, New Age, Pop
Earthsongs is a curious title for an album that is unrooted in the firmament and seems far removed from any traditions therein. Instead, the duo of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian keyboardist Rolf Lovland ma... more »
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Earthsongs is a curious title for an album that is unrooted in the firmament and seems far removed from any traditions therein. Instead, the duo of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian keyboardist Rolf Lovland make music lost in a gauzy haze of nostalgia and sentimentality. On Earthsongs, they move further from the safely exotic, Celtic-meets-New-Age sound in which they forged their early successes and float down an easy-listening path. Celtic flavors do turn up on a pair of sanitized jigs: "Reel" and "Daughters of Erin," but they have the authenticity of a theme restaurant. Bringing in pop-classical tenor Russell Watson for the maudlin ballad "Always There" doesn't help. With this album, Secret Garden takes a seat in the faux-classical lounge, a room occupied by artists like Percy Faith, Bert Kaempfert, 101 Strings, and other forgotten meisters of orchestral pop who were washed aside by the breaking waves of rock in the early '60s. --John Diliberto
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Suzi L. from PORT HUENEME, CA
Reviewed on 5/15/2011...
Good tunes, not fond of the vocals
Bill A. from CUMMING, GA
Reviewed on 1/2/2011...
Not bad but certainly not among their best
Three tracks are missing!
amazonka | 03/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The US release of Earthsongs by Secret Garden contains only 12 tracks. Three new compositions including the most beautiful piece "Silence Speaks" are for some reason missing... I recommend you to buy the original Norwegian release of "Earthsongs" album with all 15 tracks. I got my copy from cdplanet.no and enjoy it a lot!"
Secret Garden is wonderful!
Sindon | Canada | 07/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Secret Garden is Rolf Lovland, (Norwegian composer, piano and keyboards), and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry.
The album, however, offers much more than this duo; it is awash in orchestral strings (real ones), a choir (real one), and as many percussionists, harps, fiddles, keyboards, and whistles as are needed. Songs of the Secret Garden, a chart-topper in Europe, is unabashedly romantic, absolutely gorgeous.
"Sigma," featuring boy soprano Rhonan Sugrue and the Irish National Choir, is very pensive, like dried flowers left, an expected return disappointed. The lyrics begin "I search for the sign that will set my soul free."
Although Celtic music fans will find many moments of bittersweet nostalgia between the violin, pipes, and pennywhistles, the album's closest musical relation might just be the intimate works of Maurice Ravel, particularly his "Pavanne for a Dead Princess."
Romantic themes of true depth, played full out. Secret Garden is not afraid of tenderness nor beauty."