Joined: Oct. 2000
||Posted: Oct. 20 2001, 08:21
I bought Voyager today. I had no idea what the music would really be like- except that some people disliked it because of so-called faux-Celt ideas. So I put the CD on, and started listening without prejudice.
And you know what? It reminded me a lot of Guitars (which I bought a while ago). Not the actual music itself- not essentially guitar-based. But the actual pieces, quite a few were very nice, without being too grandiose, just like many tracks on Guitars- Muse, for example.
There are Irish instruments, or instruments like those from Ireland anyway, on it. So what? Some of my favourite albums by other, non-Irish artists, have featured Irish instruments and players to conjure up a Celtic feel- one particular example is a great soundtrack album, "Cal" by Mark Knopfler. I recommend checking out the final track, "The Long Road"- it's great stuff.
This album isn't as bad as others may claim. While it's not, in my opinion, up there with Ommadawn or Five Miles Out, it's by no means a failure, and a very good album.
I'm on my second listen, and so far, the standout tracks are "The Song of the Sun", "The Voyager", "Wild Goose..." (great guitar), and "Flowers of the Forest". I'm going to spend a while on Mont St Michel before I make a decision about it.