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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Maura O'Connell has never surpassed this marvellous collection. Her voice, even way back, is perfect, assured and inspired, aided by her best choice of songs although Helpless Heart comes close , fantastic arrangements and accompanying players. O'Connell is one of those interpreters who makes the songs their own without taking liberties with the fundamental soul and mood of the song, and that is certainly the case with popular but not hackneyed choices eg Lennon McCartney's I Will, Paul Brady's Crazy Dreams, Thom Moore's Scholar or Charlie McGettigan's beautiful Feet of a Dancer.
The flawless unaccompanied apart from her own harmonies Water is Wide is perfectly understated, and other slower ballads like Isle of Malachy, If You Love Me and Love's Old Sweet Song are perfectly nuanced, the subtle inflections of her voice adding delicious variation.
She also shows a touch for the jazzy note with New Orleans and Just in Time but it's just one gem after another.
Plaudits to Bela Fleck, not only for some stellar banjo playing but for sympathetic arrangements and production that showcase Maura O'Connell's voice to its best advantage. Listening to this album and its successor it's hard not to feel with regret that O'Connell has never really achieved this level of perfection since. One person found this helpful. I have a fair collection of Maura's early work - seven CDs - and this is probably her best.
I rarely find that I regularly listen to more than half the tracks on any CD by any artist but I find myself skipping just two on this disc. If you like a clear, defined voice, perfectly empathetic with the music then you'll listen to these tracks over and over. Quite simply there isn't another Irish folk singer that I've yet to discover anyway with such a crystal clear voice and whose arranger has done such a superb job.
Buy it! After having bought Stories and her Walls And Windows album I thought I was on a roll but this album although much better than Wandering Home was a little disappointing. It has some good tracks but not as consistent as the two afore mentioned albums. They'd say, "Oh, you're Amby Costello's daughter, you can sing. Sing us a song. Maura O'Connell began her professional musical journey during a six-week tour of America in , as vocalist for the traditionally-based Celtic group DeDanann.
The following year, she was featured on the band's landmark album, The Star-Spangled Molly , which became something of a national phenomenon in her homeland, not unlike the compilation, A Woman's Heart , featuring Maura and several other popular Irish female artists , a copy of which was estimated to be in every single home in Ireland. Soon, Maura had left DeDanann and moved to a flat in Dublin, eventually making her way to Nashville, to record her first solo album.
Though she says that record little-known in the U. Maura says of the experience: "It had me seriously considering whether I should go home and get into the family business I can't anymore, because it's sold, but I was debating at that point whether it was worth my while hanging around. All the while, she collaborated with Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien and other top-flight acoustic players, furthering Nashville's reputation as a center of musical eclecticism.
Throughout her career, Maura has also made dozens of guest appearances on other artist's albums, including those of Dolly Parton, Van Morrison, Rosanne Cash and her longtime producer, Dobro player extraordinaire, Jerry Douglas. Walls and Windows , her first album in a decade not to be produced by Douglas, was produced instead by Ray Kennedy. Known for his sparkling, inventive approach to acoustic music ranging from rambling alt-country to all-out rock and roll, Kennedy's producer credits include working with Steve Earle as "the twangtrust" , Lucinda Williams and David Allan Coe.
In recent months, Maura has also made four trips to Rome to be a "featured extra" in a new Martin Scorsese film, Gangs of New York , portraying, to no one's surprise, a singer, although she hasn't seen a "final cut" confirming that she'll actually appear in it when it's released at Christmas time. Pretty heady stuff for a woman who routinely proclaims she's "just a singer," but Maura has rarely wavered from that notion in her lifetime.
I'd still have to perform somewhere. That would be my identity. It's just that now, there's a few more people who know about me. Return to top. Since her U. Along the way, she has earned a Grammy Award nomination and multi-platinum sales success in her native Ireland.
Not every singer can write, just as not every writer can sing. Historically, what I do has been proven as an art form on it's own. Nobody says to an opera singer, "Why didn't you write that? Through five esteemed U. Her art has nothing to do with over-embellishing songs with vocal acrobatics and everything to do with communication. Her musical peers have led the cheering section for this simple yet eloquent philosophy. A good song doesn't have to be a 'country' good song or a 'blues' good song.
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