STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1694-2114 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
'Journeys Of The Heart' consists of six accomplished pieces that link classical, folk and Celtic influences together. And just lo add to the fun, here and there poking through there's a bit of a pop groove, most notably on the closing "The Lakeside Fire" which also includes some very nice sax from Dave Fitzgerald. As you'd guess, the presence of Fitzgerald and lona member, Tim Oliver, guarantee the musical quality here as well as contributing to the overall atmospheric vibe of the CD. The opening kiddie chords of "Rockaby" set the tone for an intensely emotional opening for the album as the song was inspired by the tragic Kosovo conflict. "Antiphon" floats Charity's voice above some classic Fitzgerald woodwind and will appeal to lona fans. "The Return" begins gently enough, but then settles into a understated groove for the chorus, whilst "The Magnificat" is pure worship with a pop feel. "I'll Take My Place" is my favourite piece here - a gentle breeze of a song with plenty of signature flourishes from Fitzgerald. Overall, a confident debut from Charity that will appeal to those who have already discovered the joys of Celtic-flavoured music.
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