- Released: July 31, 2001
- Label: Paras Recording
NAPRA Review - 11-12/01, p.76
"...This time they introduce more rock undertones to their mix of Celtic and New Age, with a mystical, space-oriented theme..."
- 2.Anthem of the Gods
- 4.Angel Eyes
- 5.Sailing By
- 7.Hold Me Now ('Til I Die)
- 8.Gods of Love Live Here
- 9.Spirits Fly
- 10.Pipes of Eros
Dagda: Reg Keating (vocals, whistle, keyboards); Aisling O'Neil (vocals);
Martin Nolan (whistle, Uilleann pipes); Phillip O'Reilly (keyboards, programming).
Recorded at Owl Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
Personnel: Reg Keating (vocals, keyboards).
Recording information: Owl Studio, Dublin, Ireland.
This 2001 theme album by Dagda is made up of eleven compositions about love. The titles of these songs best illustrate the concept of this album. Among them, there is "Delilah" a song about the Biblical seductress who betrayed Samson. Other selections are sultrier, such as "Hold Me Now" and "Gods of Love Live Here," which center around the pleasures of human touch. Meanwhile, "Sailing By" and "Spirits Fly" are two songs about loneliness and lingering memories of faded love.
Overall, each piece on SLEEPING WITH THE GODS OF LOVE revolves around a passionate tale of love gained or lost, and each lyric suggests godly intervention or heavenly fate. The music itself combines traditional Irish instruments, such as tin whistles and uilleann pipes, with keyboard washes, and computer-generated drum loops. Track ten features the talents of piper Martin Nolan but, in general, this album is vocally driven. The steamy, smooth-toned singing of Aisling O'Neil captures the spirit of this release best, and her voice is as enchanting as the compositions themselves.