Anam Caras - Resurrection And Creation

Published Monday 14th November 2005
Anam Caras - Resurrection And Creation
Anam Caras - Resurrection And Creation

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13698-4273
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Ross Dilnot

This is the first in a series of albums, reflecting themes from a book by Ray Simpson, who also suggested the group's name, Anamcaras, which means 'Soul Friends'. Two members of Anamcaras will be better known to long in the tooth listeners as Terry and Jackie Mills, once of much loved folk pop team Nuffsed. Now with Terry Braithwaite, they have formed this new group. The tracks on the album form a mixture of styles. The opening track "Come Holy Spirit" soars on eagle's wings in that Celtic, Iona style. "I Arise" opens with a haunting keyboard backing, which sets the piece perfectly in context. But from this, the next track "We Welcome You" follows a '60s folk style. The album as a whole offers further interesting variation, from the simple "You Brought Me From Darkness", to the choral "Greet The Dawn". In summary then, this album is one that has a distinctive appeal, mainly because of its mixture of musical styles interwoven with the themes of resurrection and creation.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Becks in Willenhall @ 10:44 on Oct 28 2006

The lyrics on this album have so much meaning and depth.The music is realy relaxing and always gives us something to think about.These people are such faithful christians and real inspiration to me.

Posted by Alister Palmer in Bristol @ 14:22 on Jul 13 2006

I agree with the previous comments, the group came to Knowle West, Bristol in June and their performance was sparkling and well receive by an audience of over 100. There's a depth in the music and lyrics - a rich simplicity and the songs grow on you. A helpful meditation aid.

Posted by Chris Dale in Redditch @ 13:05 on Apr 24 2006

I can only agree with John Hull - this review doesn't do justice to the album and seems to finish half way through. I saw this band recently and they played material from this album and their second one and it was truly inspirational and they're nice people too! If you get a chance to see them make the effort and do so - you won't be disappointed.

Posted by John Hull in Newcastle on Tyne @ 11:14 on Nov 28 2005

It's a pity that the reviewer seems to have only reviewed the first half of the album. There are some gems later on that he doesn't mention such as 'God is Calling', 'Mission Song', 'Beautify My Soul' and others. This is a strong album and a real musical reflection of Ray Simpson's prayer book.

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