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Verdant

by Emerald Rose

From Celtic-style ballad to steampunk rock, this collection will take you on a tour of styles and moods, touching emotion and intellect in a rich musical tapestry.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. Her Majesty's Airship Corps
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2. She Moved Through the Fair
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3. In the Mixdown
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4. Omega
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5. Clockwork Love
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6. Sunny Day
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7. Cast Away
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8. The Salamanca/The Sailor's Bonnet
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9. Shepherdess of Dreams
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10. The Empty Isle (Blasket Song)
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11. The Wind That Shakes the Barley
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12. The Peat That Smokes the Barley
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13. Freya Shakti (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Produced in the summer of 2011, VERDANT represents the best of Emerald Rose's songwriting and composition. From Steampunk-inspired numbers (Her Majesty's Airship Corps, Clockwork Love) to modern pop (Castaway, In The Mixdown) to Celtic ballad (Shepherdess of Dreams, The Empty Isle), each track tells a story that makes you think and touches your emotions in a unique way. There are also lively dance instrumentals (Salamanca/Sailors Bonnet, Peat That Smokes the Barley, Sunny Day), an unusual song inspired by Tielhard the Monk's philosophy (Omega), and a LIVE version of the band's well-known "Freya, Shakti."
Our thanks and gratitude for our great fans, keeping us inspired and working on music for over 16 years now. Enjoy our latest!


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Mel

Verdant Shines
Kudos, Gentlemen, you made a version of She Moved Through The Fair that I don't skip past. It's a lovely, relaxed piece.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley is a very solid version of that classic.
Sunny Day feels just like that - a nice, sunny day that happens to feature some delightful music.
The Peat That Smokes The Barley is a lively instrumental that makes me want to kick up my heals in abandon. Likewise The Salamanca/The Sailor's Bonnet.
Shepherdess Of Dreams and The Empty Isle (Blasket Song) are lovely quiet tunes.
Omega has sweet harmonies, but when it's only the one voice, it feels slightly out of tune to me. Perhaps I just need a few more listens.
In The Mixdown and Cast Away are good songs, but they're not favorites of mine so far. Perhaps, like Omega, they just need a few more listens. :)
I'm not particularly thrilled with Her Majesty's Airship Corps or Clockwork Love. They seem more gimmicky than the band's usual fare.
The album is rounded out with a live version of Freya Shakti, which is as expected (good, of course!).
All in all, a worthwhile purchase. Thanks guys!

Jack

Another delightful mix from the brilliant and ever-eclectic Emerald Rose
Their legion of steampunk-rock, SF-con fans will thrill to the throbbing menace of Clockwork Love and the soaring tongue-in-cheek bravado of Her Majesty’s Airship Corps. Longtime pagan-music followers will surely be pleased with Cast Away (reprised from Arthur Hinds’ excellent 2008 solo CD, Poetry of Wonder), as well as a fuller, bloomier version of Freya Shakti than available heretofore. Not to mention the off-beat mystical churnings of Omega or the sweet, Moon-inspired lullaby, Shephredess of Dreams.

But those listeners who favor Emerald Roses energetic, harmonious Celtic stylings may be happiest of all, with renditions of She Moved Through the Fair and The Wind That Shakes the Barley that are so good they are scary. Yet maybe the best number in the collection is The Empty Isle (Blasket Song), a haunting poetic meditation on transience, with all the sad yearning of the Irish soul compressed into less than four minutes.

Something for everybody in this wonderful CD!