Ancient Hype

Best and Worst of Ancient Hype

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Ancient Hype, the Celtic group from Cologne, Germany, is back, with popular favorites like "P Stands for Paddy," and some new material as well. Best and Worst of Ancient Hype is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek misnomer because there's nothing on the album to qualify as a "worst." All of the songs are pleasant and engaging, with no serious flaws in the lot. Characteristic low, rumbling vocals work well on the somber, mournful tones of "General Monroe," as well as the laid-back and mellow variation on "Mairi's Wedding." It's also a plus that the album contains some items not previously released on Recorded or Endless Tunes, as with "The Mirage." There are tunes to please the casual listener here, as well as new material, so longtime fans have incentive to want the album as well. In all, this album also serves as an effective introduction to Ancient Hype's out-of-the-ordinary sound.