The Celtic Circle 2
Artist: Celtic Circle (Various)
Disc 1 (76:04)
Disc 2 (67:50)
CD1: OK, we start off with The Mummers' Dance yet again (The Celtic Circle people obviously love Loreena, and why not?). The Corrs' offering is surprisingly non-pop though granted I'm not overly familiar with their work. Apparently the Way of the Warrior is overcast with light showers, or that's what it sounds like. Fields of Gold is, oddly an instrumental cover of I Muvrini/Sting's Terre O'Oru. Mike Oldfield has his Celtic Circle debut, but interestingly it's not a track from his Celtic album Voyagers. I'm not sure he had Celtic music in mind when he wrote Ommadawn. The first disc ends with another cover of a piece from a recent movie soundtrack (ALA the cover of "May It Be" from the first Celtic Circle) but it is a pretty good cover.
CD2: We start with another track with Sinéad O'Connor vocals (this is bordering on O'verkill, though granted she's a great singer). Again, not entirely sure if Sarah McLachlan is considered Celtic, but there she is with quite a mellow song and not at all unwelcome. A Place Among The Stones features, once again, Máire Brennan on vocals, giving her a total of three tracks and beating Sinéad's total. March of the Settlers sounds somehow familiar, as does Suil A Gra. Hmmm. Karen Matheson's track sounds interestingly similar to Susan Aglukark's style. The cover of Watermark is not bad, though I prefer the original. Mille Anni Passe Sunt is excellent and sounds somewhat like a fusion of Dead Can Dance, Enigma and Stone Age.
A good solid collection, and nary a dud track.