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Loreena McKennitt – An Ancient Muse (2014/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Loreena McKennitt – An Ancient Muse (2014/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 54:21 minutes | 1,11 GB | Genre: Folk, Celtic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Quinlan Road

An Ancient Muse is the seventh full-length studio album of the Canadian singer, songwriter, accordionist, harpist, and pianist, Loreena McKennitt. It was released on November 20, 2006 internationally, and November 21, 2006 in the United States and Canada. It was her first studio album after a 9-year gap. It has sold over a half a million copies worldwide since its release.

Canadian Celtic/new age/worldbeat architect Loreena McKennitt may be an odd choice for the legendary jazz label that released benchmark albums from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, but Verve may have been moved by the undeniably talented harpist/composer/vocalist’s large collection of globe-spanning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum sales awards. McKennitt’s records (this is her first set of new material since 1997’s Book of Secrets) tend to play like independent soundtracks to National Geographic documentaries — kind of like a more ornate, expensive version of Dead Can Dance. An Ancient Muse may break little new ground for McKennitt, but it won’t disappoint longtime fans. Her fascination with Celtic, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern instrumentation (hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa, kanoun, uilleann pipes, bouzouki, lyra, and oud) and her preoccupation with mythology and poetry have won her great favor with the new age/adult alternative crowd, and rightly so, as Irish-tinged ballads such as “Never-Ending Road (Amhr’an Duit)” and “Penelope’s Song” are just Enya songs with more instruments than vocal tracks. Her penchant for quality instrumentals, in this case “Kecharitomene” and “Sacred Shabbat,” sets her apart from the more stereotypical new age artists like David Arkenstone and John Tesh, and her extensive, diary-like liner notes invoke ancient archeological sites and obscure Rumi poetry without coming off as too self-absorbed. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Contemporary World Music Album. – James Christopher Monger

1. Loreena McKennitt – Incantation
2. Loreena McKennitt – The Gates of Istanbul
3. Loreena McKennitt – Caravanserai
4. Loreena McKennitt – The English Ladye and the Knight
5. Loreena McKennitt – Kecharitomene
6. Loreena McKennitt – Penelope’s Song
7. Loreena McKennitt – Sacred Shabbat
8. Loreena McKennitt – Beneath a Phrygian Sky
9. Loreena McKennitt – Never-Ending Road (Amhr’an Duit)


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