The Colour of Memory

The Old Man & The Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea apparently is meant to fall into the same purported genre as Enya, Clannad and Loreena McKennitt -- sort of syntho-Celt with massed voices stuffed through large reverb units. The producers and artists involved have worked hard at fostering this impression, with the result that they've put out a very likable album with some nice material. Alas, the result is less Celtic/Gaelic than ABBA meets Mike Oldfield -- something Oldfield accomplished himself nearly fifteen years ago when he recorded ABBA's "Arrival." In other words, expect something pleasant and unaffecting, but don't expect the future sound of Celtic music -- or even the past.

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