CD I Could Read the Sky [Digipak] (CD 4377358),
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I Could Read the Sky [Digipak]

  • 1. Dream
    2. I'm Stretched on Your Grave
    3. Mother
    4. In England
    5. King, The
    6. Iron and Gold
    7. Old Road to Garry, The
    8. Consecrate
    9. Knuckles to the Marrow
    10. Prayer
    11. Grace
    12. Risn Dubh
    13. Mountains of Pomeroy, The
    14. Singing Bird
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 80083

  • Credits

    Personnel: Iarla O'Lionaird (vocals, piano, harmonium, keyboards, sound effects); Sinead O'Connor (vocals); Dermot Healey (spoken vocals); Dennis Cahill (guitar, mandolin); Tommy McManamon; (banjo); Martin Hayes (fiddle); Caroline Dale (cello); Noel Hill (concertina); David Bottrill (piano, keyboards, programming); Ron Aslan (keyboards, programming, sound effects); Felix Howard (double bass); James McNally (bodhran); Dennis Cahill (samples).
    Engineers include: Marco Migiliara, Sam Miller.
    Producers: Iarla O'Lionaird, Ron Aslan.
    Recorded at Real World Studios, Box, United Kingdom; Sin Phonic Studios & Shepard's Bush Empire, London, England; Seattle, Washington.
    Iarla O Lionird's second solo album is a significant departure from the first. For one thing, I Could Read the Sky is a film soundtrack (or, in the currently more popular phrase, a collection of "music written for and inspired by the film"), so it's necessarily more impressionistic and programmatic. But it's also quite a bit more beat driven than its predecessor, and, therefore, a bit more reminiscent of O Lionird's work with his regular band, the Afro Celt Sound System. Even with the beats, the music is invariably moody and generally downtempo. O Lionird's haunting voice has much to do with that overall mood; on the very dark "Iron and Gold" and his arresting version of "I Am Stretched on Your Grave," his voice soars like a bird over a rocky and twilit landscape of synthesized chordal washes and tweaked drum loops. But the judicious use of eerie spoken-word samples ("Knuckles to the Marrow," "In England") contribute to that ambience, as well. Other highlight tracks include a typically impeccable performance of "The Old Road to Garry" by fiddler Martin Hyes and guitarist Dennis Cahill. A surprise disappointment is Sinad O'Connor's anemic performance of "Roisin Dubh." Highly recommended overall. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (8/00, p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Herein, mandolin and fiddle duets or concertina solos vie with earthquaking, industrial racket, grindy guitar growl and distorted spoken-voice sequences....the grace-notes of [her] pure pastoral singing find a way through..."
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