Clandestine

To Anybody at All

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Clandestine is comprised of Texans who know how to play music from the land of shamrocks without making the greenery wilt. You can almost envision yourself crying in your Guinness after a breakup with your longtime love as the somber "Black Eyed Susan" cries through your stereo. Other songs, such as "Peggy" and "Lonesome Heaven," are full of color as Gregory McQueen's violin coaxes the same melodies as Jennifer Hamel's vocals. It's interesting to note that the album as a whole is not completely Celtic in its genre though. Although many of the songs are traditional Irish numbers, the tracks penned by Hamel are more along the lines of adult contemporary. This doesn't detract in any way from the band's music, because it's still well written and memorable ("Babylon," "Lonesome Heaven"). One of the highlights of the CD is "Back to Chico," which is similar to the suites of prog rock bands like Yes and King Crimson. It goes through various stages and tempo changes comparable to the drastic juxtaposition of wind-swept plateaus to low, quiet valleys. This album is not to be missed.

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