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Monday, May 10, 2010

Tempest

Another Dawn (Magna Carta Records)

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The 12th studio album from Celtic rockers Tempest opens with the multinational band’s first-ever single: a “Celtodelic” cover of the Grass Roots’ 1967 hit “Let’s Live for Today.” The upbeat reworking sets the tone for Another Dawn, an album notable for its positive vibes.

Filled with hope and desire for change, “Verses of Grace” was written in honor of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, and—not coincidentally?—ranks as Another Dawn’s best track. Elsewhere, on “Great Departure,” Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist Lief Sorbye celebrates the life of his recently deceased father. Updates on traditional Celtic tunes include the Norwegian-sung “Jomfru” (which morphs into vintage British prog) and “Black Jack Davy” (a rousing, jaunty take on the early-1700s ballad).

While not as musically consistent as 2006’s The Double-Cross or 2001’s Balance, Another Dawn nevertheless serves as a warm reminder of how music can transcend these challenging times.


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