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Secret People

  • 1. Bonaparte
    2. Grace and Pride
    3. Tobar Mhoire (Tobermory)
    4. Four Stone Walls
    5. Crime of Passion
    6. Whinney Hills Jigs, The
    7. Eala Bhan, An (The White Swan)
    8. Seice Ruairidh (Roddy's Drum)
    9. Stinging Rain
    10. Hi Rim Bo
    11. Miracle of Being, The
    12. Harley Ashtray, The
    13. Oran
    14. Black Fields
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 215168

  • Credits
    ProducerDonal Lunny; Calum Malcolm
    EngineerCalum Malcolm

    Capercaillie includes: Karen Matheson (vocals).
    Personnel: Manus Lunny (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, background vocals); Karen Matheson (vocals); Marc Duff (whistling, synthesizer, bodhran); John Saich (guitar, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, background vocals); Charlie McKerron (fiddle); Donald Shaw (accordion, keyboards, background vocals); Iain Murray, James MacKintosh (drums, percussion); Ian Murray (drums); Dnal Lunny (bodhran).
    Recording information: Castle Sound Studios (1993).
    Photographers: Merton Gauster; Mark Mann .
    Arranger: Capercaillie.
    Capercaillie is a Scottish band steeped in the folk tradition but unafraid of synthesizers, drums and dance beats. Try to imagine the Afro-Scottish fusion of Mouth Music crossed with the new age leanings of Clannad, and you'll have a good idea of what to expect -- lush, pretty settings of stark Celtic melodies with English and Scots Gaelic lyrics delivered by an athletic but restrained female singer. It's a winning combination, and there's hardly a misstep on this fine album. Sure, the evil landowner figure in "Four Stone Walls" is drawn a bit broadly, and the lyrics to "Grace and Pride" are a bit maudlin (what does it mean for honesty to "flow by one's side"?) but these minor flaws are more than compensated for by such stirring moments as "Seice Ruairidh" and "Hi Rim Bo," two pieces of traditional puirt-a-beuil ("mouth music") which were never meant to be accompanied at all but which benefit greatly from the bouncy synth-funk treatment they get here. And "Crime of Passion" is a heart-rendingly lovely ballad which avoids the sappy pitfalls of "Grace and Pride." Singer Karen Matheson has a wonderful voice that will remind Celtic pop fans of Mary Black; the rest of the band do a fine job blending traditional instruments with electronic ones to bring out the best qualities of both. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (10/16/93, p.114) - 3 Stars - Good - "...SECRET PEOPLE makes the plainly unfeasible look the very thing..."
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