Friday, December 9, 2016

Susan McKeown - Prophecy (2002 USA) [256m4a]

There's something really archetypal about this superb Irish singer, a NYC resident for over a decade now. The motto of her company Sheila-Na-Gig Music says a lot: New Music from the Old World.

Not the old country, as it used to be called. Susan McKeown's vision and inspired take on Irish music has been uniquely global.

It's not a record cheapened by marketing genres. The intermingling of folk, rock, jazz, world music, and sounds that bear no bin-worthy name rise and fall, swelling to tsunamic crescendos and falling to pin drop silences of spooky guitar loops, Michelle Kinney's haunting cello, and the depths of sorrow and glory that Susan McKeown is so uncannily capable of creating.

Prophecy is a record of many brilliant moods, all songs written or co-written by the artist. Co-producer and fine guitarist Jon Spurney co-wrote the music to the title track -- its lyrics are inspired by a W.B. Yeats passage included in the liner notes. The poetry of Emily Dickinson is also featured: Susan and her friend Natalie Merchant do a memorable duet on "Because I Could Not Stop For Death," set to music by the artist.

1.    Be Brave Love Be Strong    3:55
2.    River    3:44
3.    Chances Are    4:48
4.    Wheels of the World    3:33
5.    Seven Cold Glories    3:11
6.    What Did I Ever Do To You?    2:29
7.    Because I could not stop for Death    3:50
8.    Ballinaboula    4:15
9.    South    5:31
10.    Prophecy    2:39


Skylamb said...
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Donna Rose said...

Thanks for posting this album. However I haven't been able to listen to it as the password appears to be incorrect. I would be grateful if you would check it. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, but password is not working

cassyan said...

I'm afraid it's wrong password. It's doesn't work.

Unknown said...

Hi Skylamb.
This sounds good1 Thanks.
But the password doesn't work.


Skylamb said...

Sorry. Was working too late last night. Will provide a correct file shortly!

Skylamb said...


pw: folkyourself

mastranto said...

Thank you!

Julio César said...

Gracias por este precioso album

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!

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