The Edge of Silence will be remembered as the album where Solas began to push the envelope and first hinted that nothing was beyond its collective musical soul.

The Edge of Silence will be remembered as the album where Solas began to push the envelope and first hinted that nothing was beyond its collective musical soul. Certainly the best Irish/ American band out there, Solas has now taken on songs by Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Jesse Colin Young, and Nick Drake, as well as tracking such tunes as the jazz figure "Charmy Chaplin" and the tasty Irish instrumental numbers "Who's in the What Now" and "Beck Street." The act's cover of Drake's "Clothes of Sand" is very moving and emotionally spot-on; the treatment of Waits' "Georgia Lee," cast in the mood of a Celtic ballad, touches the grief at the heart of the lyric. Nothing on the album, however, surpasses the profound effect of the Antje Duvecot song "Black Annis." An unforgettable tale of sexual abuse, "Black Annis" is based on a figure from Scottish folklore, beautifully sung by Dierdre Scanlan, and set to an arrangement that evokes a world of secrets and shadows. It's the high point of a powerful record.—PVV