Edward Burke, WORLD MD
\"Badpiper\" does not live up to his title
\"Oh no, not another bagpipe album!,\" you groan in disgust. \"This piper is going to sound horrible...there\'s no way I\'m buying this CD. What will my neighbors think? Will they ever invite me over again if I play this album full blast in my living room\"?
To that, this DJ and music reviewer has this to say: don\'t sweat it, dude! This bagpipe CD is awesome, and the pipes contained on it are actually pleasant to listen to; it seems as too many pipers out there today don\'t play in key or have a good enough tone, or perhaps they just don\'t care.
Well, \"The Badpiper\", AKA Australian Celt-rocker Cam McAzie, is an exellent piper in my book, and his album, \"Tradical\", is a delightful collection of traditional bagpipe tunes given a superb modern, orchestral treatment, with a few surprises thrown in for fun. One first notices the clever song titles: \"New Lang Syne\", \"Scotland\'s No Slave\", \"Pipe n\' Slippers\", \"Shameless O\'Toole\", and how could we forget \"Freakin\' Amazing Grace\"? I feel a good song title makes people interested enough in the song to see what it sounds like; score some more brownie points (haggis points?) for the Badpiper there. The second thing one might notice on the back cover is that our intrepid, badpipin\' hero seems to be decked out in a mohawk and a leather jacket...this is no ordinary bagpipe recording. Whether it\'s the quirky techno feel of \"Shameless O\'Toole\", the down-n-dirty bagpipe- dixieland-stomp of \"Saints Be Praised\" (When the Saints Go Marchin\' In), the heavy metal feel of \"The Ballad of Capn\' Matty Blade\" (which almost passes as an instrumental sea shanty), or the poetic strains of the haunting original tune \"Ashes to Ashes\" (accompanied superbly on sitar, or something which sounds like a sitar), \"Tradical\" might just be the album which will boost the bagpipe\'s popularity with people all over the world. Now boosting America\'s popularity? Unfortunately it will take more then etheral, orchestral soundscapes and utterly possesed bagpipin\' to fix that.
But in all seriousness for a moment, at the end of the album is a reprise of \"Ashes to Ashes\", coupled with a fitting, spoken word tribute to Scottish and Irish prisoners of war taken by the English to Australia\'s shores to work in internment camps.
I hope you\'ll take my word for it, this album will not dissapoint. Two kilts up!