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This album marked the turning point for Clannad. Acclaimed for their six previous releases, which featured traditional music, the group looked to expand their horizons with more contemporary arrangements and instrumentation. Fuaim (pronounced foom, it means "sound" in Gaelic) marked the appearance of synthesizers, woodwinds, and electric guitars on some tracks. It's also the only Clannad album on which the family band is joined by Brennan sister Enya, who went on to massive solo success. Enya sings lead on two tracks, "An Tull" and "Buaiereadh An Phosta," but the album contains many other fine tracks, including some sung in English, such as "Strayed Away" and "The Green Fields of Gaothdobhair." --Daniel Durchholz
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Distant Voyageur | Io | 12/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am mostly a fan of the more New Agey Clannad but I do find this album to be amusing. This marks the point of where Clannad take a turn to the more pop new age sound that would define their later sound after this. This album is mosly a more traditional Irish folk sounding one but with some Western instruments that signaled the turn they would make later on. The titles are confusing so it's a little difficult for me to break down this review into each individual track like I usually do when writing positive reviews.An Tull is a rather happy popppy folk song. Fans of this kind of Clannad may not like songs like the airy Ri Na Cruinne, Anam or the ominous Mohicans Theme. The Green Fields Of Ghaothdobhair is a rather jazzy track that sounds similar to In A Lifetime. Na La Gaoithe La Na Scoilbe is my favorite song on this CD. It has some chants that would be the blueprint of their more haunting material. This song is over six minutes long and is like several songs in one. It starts off with mostly wobbly keyboards. The chanting then starts up. Then it becomes a mostly acoustic guitar song similar to Cad Sin Don Te Sin from Banba and then becomes a jazzy pop song with beautiful flutes. This would be the last folk sounding album of theirs. For those who are mostly folk music lovers this might have been their last good album but hey I like both their more folk material as well their more New Age pop music as well. I recommend this album Even though it is only 35 minutes long."
A joyful noise indeed!
Sharon E. Cathcart | San Jose, CA United States | 07/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Fuaim," pronounced "foom," is the Irish Gaelic word for sound or noise. This Clannad outing is one of their best. From the rhythmic waulking music (used by cloth fullers as they worked the material) to the beautiful ballads, to the playful, this family band's music never fails to please. My favorite cut on this album is "The Lish Young Buy-a-Broom," a humorous ballad in the traditional sense of the term (a song that tells a tale). Fans of Clannad, Maire Brennan, Enya ... in fact, most other Celtic groups ... will find this album a necessary addition to their collections."