|The Book of Secrets
||Quinlan Road/Warner Bros. Records
right, so maybe you've heard the cut on the radio. It's a kind of
wistful, airy number with words you can almost understand and a hook
you can fake your way through. Maybe that could be any song on the
radio, but we say chances are you're listing to a song called 'The
Mummers' Dance' and it is off the new album from Loreena McKennitt.
It's either that or another Spice Girls effort. Viva Forever. At any
rate, should it be the former, it is finally time to acquaint you with
Sweet Loreena Fair. No, she's not a one-hit wonder, she's been putting
out albums for a few years now. Why haven't you heard of her? Well, she
is Canadian, and she does have a tendency to play the harp. In other
words, even if you're listening to 'light and easy' radio, you probably
won't hear her on your dial.
Still, you'll buy this album. You'll give it a shot and you'll realize
something very interesting. It sounds great and acclimated itself very
well with a high-end system. It's slow, it contains songs mostly about
Celts and the ethereal--what else would you expect from someone who, in
the liner notes, details her solo trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
What else would you expect from someone who actually took the
Trans-Siberian Railway by herself. There isn't one track under five
minutes--save the "Prologue"--and, honestly, they're all worth it. This
is a risky buy, but if interesting, almost Enya-esque sounds, intrigue
you, give this a shot.