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Reviewed by Harmonious Living   
Friday, 07 April 2006
Artist: Loreena McKennittThis is one of those CD's that I firmly believe everyone should have in their collection. Loreena McKennitt's dreamy songs have the power to transport the listener to that 'other' place where troubles are forgotten in an instant. No other album that I have ever heard encapsulates the magic, mystery and wonder of life than this one.

Names like Enya and Clannad immediately pop to mind when listening to Loreena McKennitt's music but I have to say that the sense of purpose and integrity in this album far exceeds anything that I've heard from those artists. There is an intelligence, subtlety and grace to Loreena McKennitt's music that is hard match.

McKennitt, although drawing heavily from the Celtic tradition, has also been inspired in this album by her travels around the world, particularly the Middle East. On the track Marco Polo for example the rhythms of the desert caravan, complete with exotic belly dancers and mysterious strangers fill the mind. It's warm, rich and a beautiful example of cultural diversity woven together through an inspiring harmony.

If I was asked to pick one track that is the highlight of this album then it would be The Mummers' Dance. This is the sing-a-long moment, the lilting and graceful rhythms make you gently sway whilst the haunting melody touches your soul. It is truly Devine.

Albums like this are about the 'experience' and I'm delighted to say that the carefully crafted sleeve notes, that contain McKennitt's notes on the songs and what inspired her, complete this. It feels as old, personal and full of secrets as the music does.

Simply put, this is one album that I shall never tire of hearing. If there's to be only one CD that you buy this entire year then make it this one, you won't be disappointed.
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