Album Review: Nine and Fifty Swans by Tirill

Album Name: Nine and Fifty Swans
Artist: Tirill
Year/Label: 2011 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

I reviewed Tirill Mohn’s debut album a few years ago. She follows it with a setting of W.B Yeats’ poetry to music on this new cd. She follows in the path of the Waterboys a few months ago with this endeavor. Musically it’s a delicate, folksy record with gorgeous vocals.

The Cap and Bells is a soft version of the poem, with Tirill’s sweet vocals emoting against a fitting backing.

To a Child Dancing in the Wind trades on the Irish folk tradition and is the better for it. Tirill’s voice is at the core and it works really well.

Before the World Was Made is another fine use of Yeats’ beautiful words, Tirill singing angelically to an acoustic backing.

The Wild Swans at Coole is a fitting closer to this lovely work, Tirill’s voice supported by well-placed backing vocals and a soft guitar.

Tirill Mohn’s second album has been worth the wait, and listeners should rejoice.

Track Listing
1. Do Not Love Too Long
2. The Cap and Bells
3. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
4. To a Child Dancing in the Wind
5. Parting
6. The Fisherman/ Carolan’s Ramble to Cashel
7. Before the World Was Made
8. The Song of the wandering Aengus
9. The Song of the Old Mother
10. The Wild Swans at Coole

[Tirill Official Site]

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