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Bending Tradition
Emerald Rose
Bending Tradition
Genre: International Music
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All Artists: Emerald Rose
Title: Bending Tradition
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Emerald Rose
Original Release Date: 6/16/2000
Release Date: 6/16/2000
Genre: International Music
Style: Celtic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 669910637722, 0677516503525, 677516503525

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An energetic album from a fun-loving band
Carl McColman | Clarkston, GA USA | 07/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the two years since their first album, Emerald Rose has grown considerably, as composers of new material, as vocalists, and as performers. Bending Tradition showcases the band's blossoming musicianship. Songs like "Penny in the Well" and "Pagan Girl" have an infectious, almost pop feel to them, while "Johnnie Cope" and "Red-Haired Mary" confirm Emerald Rose's reputation as a good-times Celtic band. Larry Morris's jigs (including the cryptically named "The Ferret's Nose") sound like they could have been lifted straight out of the folk tradition. But the most luminous gem on this CD is "Freya Shakti", a Goddess chant that deserves to take its place alongside Deena Metzger's "Isis Astarte" chant as a recognizable Pagan standard. To this reviewer, the boys in Emerald Rose haven't just bent tradition -- they've contributed to it."
Wonderful, High-Energy Band of Celtic Shamans
Carl McColman | 08/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I highly recommend this second collection from Emerald Rose. It mixes energetic renditions of traditional Celtic songs (Johnny Cope, Red-Haired Mary) with folky, poetic ballads (Penny in the Well, Hills of America) and even some satiric pop (Pagan Girl). But the best tracks are the haunting, mythically-inspired 'Castle of Arianrhod' and the driving, oracular spirit songs--'Freya Shakti' and 'Fire in the Head.' The spine shivers; the heart weeps. Oooh, that's good."
Emerald Rose Rules!
Todd D. Laughlin | Ogallala, NE USA | 01/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're on a pagan path, this album will rock your world! I love the imagery of "Merry May Folk", it's a Beltaine romp that grabs your spirits and throws them skyward! Try raising Power while singing along with "Freya Shakti", dare you to sit still. "Pagan Girl" is absolutely my most favorite song on this CD, it reminds me of my previous relationships and meeting my wife. "Fire in the Head" called to my Druidic nature. Pagans everywhere; Rejoice! Emerald Rose RULES!!"