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Parallel Dreams

Artist: Loreena McKennitt
Type: Album
Release date: 1989
Run time: 43:34
My Rating: 8

  1. Samain Night (4:30)
  2. Moon Cradle (4:32)
  3. Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance (4:21)
  4. Annachie Gordon (8:24)
  5. Standing Stones (6:59)
  6. Dickens' Dublin (The Palace) (4:43)
  7. Breaking The Silence (6:26)
  8. Ancient Pines (3:36)


Loreena's second studio album introduces a running theme in her music - that of the tragically doomed romance. Specifically in "Annachie Gordon", we have a young woman forced to marry someone she doesn't love, subsequently dying of heartache, her lover soon following. This is also represented in a more abstract manner in "Standing Stones".

Her albums are almost consistantly of a high quality and this one is no exception. I'm quite fond of Dicken's Dublin, though what the young boy's description of the birth of Christ has to do with Loreena's lyrics, I'm not sure!

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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