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Year of the Dog
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Originally a traditional folk-dance ensemble, Wolfstone have evolved into a Celtic-rock band along the lines of the Waterboys. By blending the ancient Scottish instruments of the fiddle and bagpipe with electric guitar, el... more »
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Originally a traditional folk-dance ensemble, Wolfstone have evolved into a Celtic-rock band along the lines of the Waterboys. By blending the ancient Scottish instruments of the fiddle and bagpipe with electric guitar, electric bass, and a full drum kit, Wolfstone have managed to add a new kick to an old tradition on their album Year of the Dog. Silly Wizard's Phil Cunningham, who produced the album and added some accordion, helped Wolfstone retain the springy lilt of Celtic dance music even as they added more power to their punch. Unfortunately, the impact of this hybrid sound is at times blunted by the overreaching songwriting of singer Ivan Drever and fiddler Dave Chisholm, who too often adopt the unfocused bombast of such prog-rock bands as Yes and Jethro Tull. On Drever's rousing political anthem, "The Brave Foot Soldiers," however, and on Cunningham's lively instrumental medley, "The Double Rise," Wolfstone display the potential to cross over from folk to pop--and back again. --Geoffrey Himes
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Richard M. from ELMIRA, NY
Reviewed on 1/1/2007...
Different cover, same label & track listing.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Raul A. from RICHVILLE, MN
Reviewed on 11/5/2006...
How can you improve on the best?
Kevin L. Nenstiel | Kearney, Nebraska | 02/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the fourth Wolfstone album I've reviewed here (I own every one of their albums that's available in the U.S.) and this is by far the best of the lot. The closing track, "Dinners Set," is absolutely imspired. What more can I say? After all the other glowing reviews I've given, this one is the one that runs me out of words. (I know, could have fooled you.)"
Really Celtic, really rock and really Scottish.
Kevin L. Nenstiel | 09/07/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band is different. For one thing it is "celtic rock" not rock done by a group living in a celtic city. For another it has a distinctly scottish flavor rather than the more commonly found Irish. Its use of scottish instruments, rhythms and themes is refreshing and the groups ability to rock using these instruments is readily apparent. Production values and musicianship are excellent. Dive into a new experience - you will enjoy."