STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1312- LABEL: Open Sky OPENVP6CD FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2005-10-10 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Personally, I can't help thinking it was a mistake to make their 'comeback' with an album which will have appeal to those who've followed the Celtic visionaries since they burst onto the scene in the 1990s, but will do nothing to extend their support base. Having said that, 'Woven Chord', recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall with the All Souls Orchestra, certainly has some breathtaking moments with the symphonic elements bringing a new musical breadth to some old favourites and new material. And Joanne's soaringly beautiful voice is as spellbinding as ever. But just as it's the studio albums rather than the live renditions caught on 'Woven Chord' which I keep returning to, I expect that two years on from now we, and Q magazine, and the American CCM industry, and all the legions of lona enthusiasts worldwide, will be waxing lyrical about some new studio creation rather than this spectacularly well played but occasionally overblown album.
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Woven Cord comes from collaboration between Iona and the All Souls Orchestra. Recorded at a tenth anniversary concert for the band in 1999 Woven Cord has proved to be a popular album with the bands large and dedicated fan base. The album contains some of Iona's most popular pieces of music including Beyond These Shores and White Sands. The album also includes two then new pieces in Overture and the title track Woven Cord. This release has now been re mastered for release and will doubtless find its way into the collections of newer fans of Iona who perhaps missed the album on its first release.