- Released: September 9, 2008
- Label: Real World
Q - 5/99, p.1024 Stars (out of 5)
- "...the spontaneity, the mix of ancient and modern, the black and white, the fluidity and breathless glee...it raises the techno pulse a few notches too..."
CMJ - 5/17/99, pp.25-26
"...The band manages to create a cohesive global fusion that remains both reverent and thoroughly contemporary, if not ahead of its time..."
- 2.Lovers Of Light
- 4.Urban Aire
- 5.Big Cat
- 6.Even In My Dreams
- 9.Riding The Waves
- 10.I Think Of...
- 11.Release It [Instrumental]
Afro Celt Sound System: N'Faly Kouyate (vocals, kora, balafon); Larla O Lionaird (vocals); Simon Emmerson (guitar, keyboards, programming); James McNally (accordion, keyboards, whistle, bodhran); Myrdhin (Celtic harp); Martin Russell (keyboards, programming); Moussa Sissokho (talking drum, djembe).
Additional personnel: Sinead O'Connor, Ashley Maher (vocals); Ronan Browne, Michael McGoldrick (Uilleann pipes); Nigel Eaton (hurdy gurdy); Youth (bass); Johnny Kalsi (dhol drums); Ron Aslan (programming).
Recorded at Sonic Innovation, London, England.
VOLUME 2: RELEASE was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.
Afro Celt Sound System: N'Faly Kouyate (vocals, kora, balafon); Iarla O Lion ird (vocals); Simon Emmerson (guitar, keyboards, programming); Myrdhin (celtic harp); James McNally (whistle, accordion, keyboards, bodhran); Martin Russell (keyboards, programming); Moussa Sissikho (talking drum, djembe).
Personnel: Sin‚ad O'Connor, Ashley Maher (vocals); Nigel Eaton (hurdy-gurdy); Michael McGoldrick (flute, Uilleann pipe); Ronan Browne (Uilleann pipe); Youth (bass instrument); Johnny Kalsi (drum, tabla); Ron Aslan (drum programming).
Afro Celt Sound System started as a fairly nebulous, if noble, idea--bring together an assortment of European and African musicians and hope to come up with a result greater than the sum of the project's parts. The idea paid off, and the progress of the band may be measured by its confidence in moving well beyond its initial premise.
With its second album, RELEASE, the group coalesces around the talents of seven Irish and African performers and more prominent dance beats. Sinead O'Connor provides a haunting vocal element on the title track, while "Even in My Dreams" sets an angelic harp against an initial trip-hop sequence.