STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153857-22760 LABEL: 180 5060256821496 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2014-11-17 RRP: £10.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Good to see Authentic Media giving UK retail distribution to an excellent new British band and good that the band in question aren't following the increasingly predictable path of congregational worship. The White Goose from Co Down could be pigeon-holed Celtic music but again there's not a bodhran or a folk fiddle in earshot and their particular eclectic approach features a husky-voiced lead singer, some delicious Irish sounding female harmonies and accompaniments which range from acoustic to full on electric rock with some head-to-the-sky axe solos. There's a wistfully haunting quality about several of their songs. The mid tempo "Believer" skillfully arranged with an effective breakdown where the band disappear leaving lead man Ashleigh Campbell in near acappella before returning for a surging climax while "Trinity" is lifted by those eerie female harmonies aaahing a haunting counter melody. The 'Anam Cara' album title comes from a 1997 bestseller on Celtic spirituality by Irish priest John O'Donohue. There are some handsome photographs of a mountain on the sleeve though it's a shame the said sleeve lacks lyrics of the songs or even details of who is in The White Goose because I don't think I am alone in wanting to know more about the songs and the skilled musos who perform them.
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The first full length studio album from the Irish collective known as The White Goose.
With 12 great tracks that have a distinctive Irish drive, from the powerful opener Love to the prayer of May Your Kingdom Come, Anam Cara (meaning soulmate) is an album that has a fresh sound. The album also features the track Hold On which featured on the charity album A Voice for Stella.