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Chasing the Sun [Karan Casey]

  • 1. Chasing the Sun
    2. When Will We All Be Free
    3. World Looks Away, The
    4. This Time Will Pass
    5. Brown and the Yellow Ale, The
    6. Lady Mary Anne
    7. Mother Earth's Revenge
    8. Freedom Song
    9. Yellow Furze, The
    10. Keg of Brandy, The
    11. Waiting for the Snow
    12. Bright Winter's Day
    13. Jimmy Whelan
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 78063

  • Credits
    ProducerKaran Casey; Niall Vallely; Niall Vallely; Karan Casey
    EngineerNiall Vallely; John Anthony

    Personnel: Karan Casey (vocals); Michael Aharon (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Wurlitzer organ); Ewen Vernal, Ewan Vernal (double bass); John Anthony (drums, udo drum, bodhran, djembe, pandeiro, shaker, tabla, tar, bells); Paul Meehan (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin); Robbie Overson (guitar); Niall Vallely (concertina); Erik Johnson (drums).
    Audio Mixer: John Anthony.
    Photographer: Louis DeCarlo.
    Arrangers: Karan Casey; Robbie Overson; Paul Meehan; Niall Vallely.
    Following in the folk-pop path carved out on her 2003 release Distant Shore, ex-Solas vocalist Karan Casey trades in her covers- and traditionals-heavy repertoire for a collection that relies on mostly self-penned material. Chasing the Sun eschews -- for the most part -- the Celtic side of Casey for a more contemporary folk style that suits the Irish siren's gorgeous voice. With minimal but effective accompaniment she waxes on about everything from drink to politics with the breezy but cautious air of a songbird that has seen as much sorrow as it has beauty. Lovely a cappella pieces like "Jimmy Whelan" and "Brown and Yellow Ale" hark back to the singer's Solas days, showcasing the flawless intonation and smooth delivery that have made her one of the genre's most consistently gratifying singer, but this ballad-heavy collection often lulls the listener away from the song itself, leaving them delightfully melancholy but ultimately detached. ~ James Christopher Monger

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