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"Pure Beauty in Music Form", iTunes Review
by Erich Von Metzger, April 20, 2013
"This is an otherworldly and darkly beautiful epic of love, loss, and devotion flavored with Irish and Russian mythology, told through angelic vocals, celtic harp, and cello. Hauntingly beautiful notes and voice open the album on "Morrigan," leading into the Portishead-like lyrics and melodic intrigue of "Alkonost."
Wistful Irish folksong nostalgia rings throughout particularly on "The Parting Glass," and the stark and icy "Starving." "Étain" is a seductive magic spell conjuring the innocent, strength, and mystery that makes up every woman- maiden, mother and crone.
The album is also not without its bright spots. Tracks like "Everything You Are," "Ophelia" and "Will You Love Me" shine like sunlight breaking through storm clouds.
Joy Shannon & The Beauty Marks also show off their -very particular set of skills- in moving tributes to the gentlemanly strength of Irish actor "Liam Neeson" and devout "Faramir" from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series in brilliant geek fandom turned elegant lyrical praise."
released March 14, 2013
All songs written and performed by Joy Shannon on Celtic harp, cello, and vocals
except for "The Parting Glass" which is an Irish traditional song.
Lyrics for "Ophelia" from Hamlet by Shakespeare.
Lyrics for "Faramir" inspired by The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Tracked and mixed by Brian Frederick at Secret Hill Studios in Long Beach, CA.
Stand-up bass by Andy Zacharias
Percussion on "Alkonost" and "Dreams" by Brian Frederick
Guitar on "The Parting Glass," "Dreams," "Everything You Are," and "Will You Love Me" by Jon Zell
Guitar on "Alkonost," "Starving," and "Étain" by Luca Pino
Guitar on "The Coat" and "Faramir" by Jimmy Paul
Backing vocals on "The Parting Glass," "Dreams," and "Will You Love Me" by Rachel Star Albright
Backing vocals on "Liam Neeson" by the Dovelles (Jenny Stockdale, Alyssandra Nighswonger, Mary McKeever, and Tess Shapiro)
Violin on "The Parting Glass" and "Will You Love Me" by Laura Merryfield
Photography by Xun Chi
Design by Suzanne Walsh/Ashes in Orange Peels
© 2013 Joy Shannon. All Rights Reserved.