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Loreena McKennitt – Nights From The Alhambra Review

I was blessed to discover Loreena’s celtic/arabic/alternative world fusion of music after her huge hiatus in time for her most recent album “An Ancient Muse” and so the long awaited release of DVD/CD combo “Nights From The Alhambra” wasn’t quite as long for me as many others but that doesn’t detract from its stunning content.

Loreena performs in the historical stunning Spanish monument of Alhambra. Here she relays her magic of timeless melodies to perfection. Strong vocals, a full world band of all kinds of instruments and a fantastic venue all lend to the atmosphere and charm.

Many of Loreena’s best known songs are here from an uptempo “Mummers Dance”, a spirited “Marco Polo” and the massive climax of “Caravanserai” to the tear inducing elegance of “Penelope’s Song” and eerie beauty of “Cymbeline”. There’s a new song called “Raglan Road” which fits the overall tone nicely too.

Loreena shows everyone exactly how its done on a DVD concert, although there’s no extras the whole audio comes on CD too which is excellent as it’s just as effective as a standalone album. Anyone seeking world music, celtic music or just something that can touch your musical soul – this is a very good place to start.

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