The Review Zone – Kiran Young Wimberly & The McGraths : Celtic Psalms @kiraniywimb

kiranyoungwimberly-celtic-psalmsKIRAN YOUNG WIMBERLY & THE MCGRATHS : Celtic Psalms. (Elevation : ELE2186)
Here’s an album that is a little different from the usual releases. It contains 12 authentic, traditional Irish and Scottish airs and melodies set to a selection of psalms. Recorded in Belfast, ancient words and traditional music combine to lead the listener into the presence of God. Acoustic instruments are used throughout and there’s some really nice violin playing on the opening “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.” Kiran’s voice is pure and bright, and is joined on numerous occasions by Ellen, Chloe, Kelly and Declan McGrath. The result, on the whole, is very pleasant. There’s some peaceful guitar playing on “I Lift My Eyes Up to the Hills,” and I found this track particularly charming. “You Have Turned My Sorrow” features harp and cello, as well as flute sounds. It’s a lovely rendition and one of my favourite tracks. “Make a noise to God”, sings Kiran on the acappella song “Sing to the Lord,” a haunting melody. A minor moan was that I found the songs to be of very similar tempo. However, “Hear My Cry O God” bucks that trend and is a delightful little ditty. For those who like quieter music for relaxation of meditational purposes, this album is delightful. 8/10.


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