Viv Neville - Holy One

Published Wednesday 1st April 2009
Viv Neville - Holy One
Viv Neville - Holy One

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 53556-15237
LABEL: Plankton PLANCD007

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Viv Neville hails from County Durham and during her music college studies experimented with a number of different musical styles but became captivated by Celtic music. Coupling that passion with a fascination for Celtic church history and spirituality, Viv's musical journeys have led her here to create this four track EP, released on the UK's longest running independent Christian label Plankton. The title cut has some elements normally associated with easy listening music - maybe it's the panpipe sounds! Two of the songs are penned with Celtic poet Cindy L Spear who has also collaborated with Iona in the past. It's true that lyrically these songs have a Celtic flavour to them but musically this doesn't always come through. It may be the programmed instruments that don't work here. In addition, Neville's voice doesn't always cut it in a Celtic diva fashion so there are times when this isn't working as well as it should. Viv has done well to get a debut release out but for future projects, both instrumentation and voice need some more production expertise to make the recording work.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Martin Hoyle in Wainstalls, Halifax, U.K. @ 22:40 on Jul 5 2010

I quite like Viv's debut Album 'Holy One', it's grown on me, since I first listened to it. It's deep & reflective, but also uplifting. Really well thoughtout songs. I think viv's voice works well, in that type of celtic music.

Posted by dawn in hartlepool @ 18:57 on Jan 17 2009

Viv's cd is brilliant, I listen to it on my way to work and it is a very nice start to my day. Holy One is a calming and soothing prayer and my favorite.

Reply by Martin Hoyle in Wainstalls, Halifax, U.K. @ 22:58 on Jul 5 2010

It's really nice

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Reply by Martin Hoyle in Wainstalls, Halifax, U.K. @ 22:47 on Jul 5 2010

Yes I agree dawn

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