Album Review: Ordinary Magic by Land of the Blind

Album Name: Ordinary Magic
Artist: Land of the Blind
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I think I was expecting more Goth as I was also on Cyoakah Grace’s other CD, The Druid Sisters Tea Party. But unless I’m totally out of touch with Goth, this isn’t it.

There is a bit of a dark edge to this, though some tracks remind me of Dead Can Dance or Enigma.

The vocals are beautiful, in ranges from chanting to wailing to soft whispers; Grace’s voice is perfect for this genre.

The musicianship is flawless; they all blend together so seamlessly. Beautiful stuff.

I was going to say, ‘the opening song is almost tribal’ then I notices that “Tribe” actually the title of the song. So go figure.

“Church of the Holy Trees” makes me want to dance naked around campfire and I’m not even pagan. The beat and soaring vocals are very seductive.

“Mother” really shows off Cyoakah’s vocal ability. She sounds great here.

These songs are of a very particular mindset. That is, if you’re in the mood for Shawn Colvin, this will not suffice. But if you want to relax and be swept away by a recording, “Ordinary Magic” is a wise selection.

Posted on April 22, 2005

Track Listing
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1. Tribe
2. Church of the Holy Trees
3. Trust
4. Mary’s Hands did Bleed
5. Mother
6. Eliza
7. A Little More
8. The Witches of KilKenny
9. Journey’s End

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