Emerald Rose's self-titled debut album introduces this four-man group from Dahlonega, GA, and brings in their own unique variations to the field of Celtic music. While they do an enjoyable job on their traditional selections, such as their brisk and lively version of "Star of County Down" and "Maggie Lauder," it's on their original songs that Emerald Rose really comes into its own. Arthur Hinds writes much of their original material, and it's clearly evident that he and the band are enthusiastically pagan. "Summerlands" is a joyous song, and the lyrics to it, as well as to the melodic ballad "The World's Wedding (One Single Kiss)" and other works of theirs, are readily available on their website. Definitely the Goddess is alive and well, and at home in their music. Brian "Logan" Sullivan gets in on the lighter side of the songwriting, too, with a fun little ditty about how the daily peanut butter and jelly sandwich helps him survive his thankless job on "PBJ." Listeners may well find that not only do they relate, but that it brings on a snack attack as well. This is an upbeat, engaging collection, and certainly one that will have its fans eagerly awaiting whatever Emerald Rose releases next.
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