The Afro Celt Sound System returns after its hit album Volume 3: Further in Time with a new, simplified band name—Afro Celts—and a superb follow-up record.

The Afro Celt Sound System returns after its hit album Volume 3: Further in Time with a new, simplified band name—Afro Celts—and a superb follow-up record. All 10 songs on the new disc are originals, and collectively, they exceed whatever expectations Further in Time may have fostered. Afro Celts have yet to create a full-length that didn't offer an essential track for dance fans. Seed delivers a trio of tunes destined for dancefloors: "The Otherside," "Rise Above It" (featuring Eileen Ivers' fiddle), and "Green Instrumental." For a memorable encounter with uilleann pipes, cue up "Deep Channel" and catch Emer Mayock's furious solo. In a more measured vein, Iarla O'Lionaird offers a beautiful vocal performance on "Ayub's Song/As You Were," a tune that, in addition to being melodically wonderful, truly exemplifies the African/Celtic musical sympathy that was the original inspiration for Afro Celts. Racked by Narada World.—PVV

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