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Loreena McKennitt - Book of Secrets Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 1997

Loreena McKennitt

The Book of Secrets
format: CD
label: Quinlan Road/Warner Bros. Records
performance: 8
sound 8
reviewed by: Jason Karsh

ImageAll 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.

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