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Four

by West of Eden

Celtic pop. Lyrical, Melodic, Imaginative, Intimate & Sparkling. All at the same time.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Auburn Skies
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2. The Words That I Forgot to Say
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3. True Believer
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4. Ghost of You
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5. My Kind of Town
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6. Just Another Sunset
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7. Immortal
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8. Time
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9. Jigsaw Puzzle
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10. Could Have Been
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11. Anywhere the Wind Blows
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12. Four
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Are you yet to discover the best kept secret of the Celtic music scene?

West of Eden has for a decade thrilled their audience with their unique blend of folky pop and Celtic traditions.
The highest of songwriting standards combined with the extra ordinary voice of singer Jenny Schaub has earned them a solid reputation amongst critics around the globe. Now they are waiting for you to discover them!!

Here are but a few praises from the international press:

"Simply phenomenal....a priceless gem"
(Rock'n Reel; UK),

”Innovative, imaginative, lyrical, melodic, and inspirational”
(Folk & Roots)

”Celtic pop at it’s very best”
(Greenman review)

”West of Eden brings us the best of contemporary folk in a Celtic idiom.” (www.rambles .net)

”It is impossible to pick a favourite track from this album (Four); every one has great merit and will entrance the listener.”
(Irish Music Magazine)

”What would happen if you crossed the voice of Judy Collins with that of Alison Krauss? Well, apart from receiving the inevitable reproach of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”, you’d end up with a thing of joy. A voice that is the hybrid of the two: a voice that is Jenny Schaub, singer of West of Eden. ”
(Folkworld, Germany)

"A source of eternal melodies"
(World music magazine, Spain)

"This new one from West of Eden is a must listen!"
(Musical Discoveries, USA).

”Among the most beautiful music I have ever heard”
(SLA, Sweden)

Want to read more? Here is a bit of history about the band:


West of Eden was formed 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has since developed into a hard working band, writing and producing their own material. The band has a unique sound, which combines the musical language of traditional Celtic music with the members' more pop oriented background. Electric guitars, keyboards, drums and bass are mixed with traditional instruments like whistles, fiddle, accordion and mandolin and on top of all that, the crystal clear voice of the singer, Jenny Schaub.

The first CD, "West of Eden" (1997) was released in Sweden, Spain and in Ireland.
It immediately received a lot of critical acclaim and brought the band to Ireland for their first tour where they performed at a packed "The Quays" in Galway as well as at the "HQ" in Dublin.

Around this time West of Eden were also featured on several compilations, alongside artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Mary Black and Clannad. Musical Discoverie's critic called the band's contribution to the album "Faire Celts" "...The highlight of this magnificent album!".

The much awaited second release "Rollercoaster" was released in february 2001, and went straight up to place 36 in the Swedish sale charts.

The singles from the album received a lot of radio play, and during the year the band performed their music at some of the biggest TV-shows and best concert venues in Sweden.

In August 2002 West of Eden released The KISS Tribute, a CD single featuring "Celtic" versions of two classic tracks from the American rock band KISS! These unexpected choice of covers, only available from the West of Eden website, caused a lot of interest from the media. The band also found time in the autumn to make a successful tour to Holland and Belgium as well as record a new album.

As the company the band were previously signed to folded, West of Eden signed a new record deal. The much awaited CD "A stupid thing to do" was released in 2003. The single “Finders Keepers” received a lot of radio play and the record itself received very positive reviews:

In 2004 the duo Jenny & Martin, the singer and the songwriter from West of Eden, released the album “Kite High”. They studied Celtic music over the summer at the university in Limerick, 2001. And the album “Kite High” was the result of that education. With this CD they journeyed deeper down in the Celtic music tradition and the result was a more acoustic and traditional variation of West of Eden.

In the summer 2004 West of Eden visited Ireland once more. The band did some concerts and they took the chance to, once again, study Irish music. Their visit got a lot of attention and Irish Music Magazine wrote an big article of the Swedish bands visit”.

West of Eden’s fourth album was released in January 2006. The CD was very suitable named “Four” and it’s first single “True Believer” was a big radio hit in their native country. From Waterboys influenced songs like ”Anywhere the wind blows” to transparent ambient ballads like ”Ghost of you”, ”Four” once again proved that the best contemporary Celtic music around today is written and recorded in Sweden!

In 2007 West of Eden were invited to play together with members of the Swedish National Orchestra.

The “orchestral theme” continued as the band, together with Scandinavian Strings, launched ”Irish Heartbeats”; a show that fused together traditional Celtic music and dance with the groups more contemporary material.

In December the band performed a couple of “Celtic Christmas” concerts in their hometown. For this occasion they also released an EP entitled “And then snow fell” which featured three brand new Christmas songs.


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Joe Ross

Innovative, imaginative, lyrical, melodic, & inspirational - a seductive kind of
Playing Time – 41:38 -- Eden is a paradise full of joy and happiness. Due west of Eden, you will find the well-produced and arranged original music of this group from Sweden that has developed a personalized signature contemporary folk sound with Celtic and soft rock expression. Lead vocalist Jenny Schaub has silky smooth delivery that immediately enraptures us. This band has abundant talent, and Martin Schaub’s singing on “My Kind of Town” is also an aural treat. I’d like to hear him sing more than three on the next album. West of Eden’s songs like “Auburn Skies,” “The Words I Forgot to Say,” “True Believer,” “Time,” and “Ghost of You” are innovative, imaginative, lyrical, melodic, and inspirational. While often sad or incorporating nostalgic musings, the pensive messages are evocative and thought-provoking.

The band’s electric guitar, fiddle, drums, and keys are supplemented with a full string section arranged and conducted by band member and multi-instrumentalist Martin Schaub. The full-bodied robust string ensemble is almost too much on “Immortal,” and it might have been nice to include a couple more lean, raw-boned arrangements (without percussion and string section) on “Four” for a little contrast. Sung by Martin, “Could Have Been” appears at track ten, and it is a mellow, reflective composition in this vein. Smart move! Guests also add bass throughout, as well as whistle, banjo, dobro, or sax in spots.

“Four” has very strong material and musicianship that crosses the bridges between genres. While Celtic-based, their vision is simply to present quality music with broad appeal. It’s also music to contemplate. Apparently still self-released independently, I would hope that record labels are sitting up and taking notice of West of Eden’s musicianship, messages and, I dread to say it, commercial appeal. But that is a bottomline in a cut-throat, ruthless and competitive music industry. They have been together since 1995 and are deserving of a larger audience for their original music. They have a seductive kind of charm. While many of their songs “deal with how time inevitably leaves us behind,” I hope that West of Eden’s music isn’t soon forgotten. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)