Carmel Conway - This Beautiful Day

Published Sunday 27th February 2011
Carmel Conway - This Beautiful Day
Carmel Conway - This Beautiful Day

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 105236-17542

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

Two things stand out about this album - Carmel has a beautiful voice (sounds like she's classically trained) and has impeccable taste when it comes to choosing songs. Some are familiar - "Colour Of Roses" by Beth Nielsen Chapman is a poignant song about life and loss ("Only the ones who believe ever see what they dream"), while "Song Of Bernadette" by Jennifer Warnes would melt most hearts ("Every now and then we try to mend the damage that we've done"). You couldn't hope to top the original versions, but Conway acquits herself well. Most other songs are by contemporary Irish songwriters like Paul Brady, Brendan Graham, Declan O'Rourke, Dawn Kenny and Steve Cooney. O'Rourke's "Galileo (Someone Like You)" manages to link Galileo to a personal love story, taking in some religious imagery on the way: "He looked up high and often sighed . Who puts the rainbow in the sky". Cooney's "Bless The Road" is a moving song of blessing and farewell: "Then go in peace and grow in grace and goodness". Bob Dylan gets a look in as well with "Make You Feel My Love". Fiachra Trench's production is excellent and all songs are blessed with fine playing by the Irish Film Orchestra. It's not a particularly Christian album, but spiritual concerns and imagery surface frequently.

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