Loreena McKennitt: A Mediterranean Odyssey

Loreena McKennitt: A Mediterranean Odyssey

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From the ethereal, Middle-Eastern styled opening notes of this beautifully-gifted soprano singer, to the slightly Celtic stylings and lilting selections, Ms. McKennitt evokes imagery of a Mediterranean travel journey with this limited-edition, commemorative 2-disc set.

The first CD, entitled ‘The Olive and the Cedar’, culls songs from previous albums with evocative names conjuring a distant past, such as: “The Ancient Muse,” and “The Book of Secrets.”

The second CD is a 2009 recording of their Mediterranean concert tour.

Besides her angelic voice, Ms. McKennitt’s talent extends to both producing and musicianship, as well, adding the harp, the accordion, keyboards and piano to this already amazing force. ‘Marco Polo’, the song, sounds fairly “Jewish” to me and also conjures a camel caravan in the imagination.

Her appearance brings to mind the visage of Stevie Nicks, while her song, ‘Santiago’, brings to mind a female version of ‘Skating Away’ (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day) by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. One of the songs you’re already familiar with is called ‘The Mummer’s Dance’ — it was a megahit on the radio and you’ll know it when you hear it.

This is a nice album to add to the collection — in fact, it’s pretty much a standout.

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