Iona - The Circling Hour British Product Audio Samples Available

The Circling Hour by Iona

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: Celtic, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-7 days
Legendary Celtic band return with their first CD in six years.

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  1. 1. Empyrean Dawn
  2. 2. Children Of Time
  3. 3. Strength
  4. 4. Wind Off The Lake
  5. 5. Factory Of Magnificent Souls
  6. 6. Sky Maps
  7. 7. No Fear In Love
  8. 8. Wind, Water & Fire - Wind
  9. 9. Wind, Water & Fire - Water
  10. 10. Wind, Water & Fire - Fire
  11. 11. Fragment (Of A Fiery Sun)
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Reviewed by Jamie Hailstone

Iona fans have waited a long time for this CD. The Celtic group's last release, 'Open Sky', was six years ago, so the 60,000 question is - was their patience justified? The answer is an emphatic yes. 'The Circling Hour' is what journalists like to describe as a return to form. Iona may be in their 17th year, but they sound fresh and focused on this 11 track CD. All of the band's signature elements are present and correct, from Joanne Hogg's ethereal vocals, to the swirling mixture of drums, keyboards, guitars and uillean pipes. The opener, "Empyrean Dawn", has a deceptively quiet introduction, before the whole comes in with a thunderous crescendo. The backbone of the record is a stunning three song set marked "Wind, Water and Fire". The set is a testament to the sheer musicianship that Iona has to offer. They are highly proficient, without ever being over-indulgent, lush and evocative. Mixer John Kellogg, who has worked with Chicago, Deep Purple and the Black Crowes, among others, gives the recording a rich, cinematic feel. The band are clearly firing on all cylinders and loving every minute of it. If only they could get into the studio more often. Six years is a long time to wait!

Style: Celtic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 14163
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Open Sky OPENVP11CD
Release Date: 10 Nov 2006

Legendary Celtic band return with their first CD in six years.

The long awaited follow up to 'Open Sky'

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For more information about Iona, check the Iona Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by phill in nottinghham at 16:22 on Sep 3 2006

Factory Of Magnificent Souls - isn't that the best song title you've heard in ages?

Can't wait to hear the whole album.

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