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After the electronica-tinged designs of previous album "The Edge of Silence," Solas gets back to basics, which for this Celtic ensemble of virtuosos is anything but basic.

After the electronica-tinged designs of previous album "The Edge of Silence," Solas gets back to basics, which for this Celtic ensemble of virtuosos is anything but basic. Mixing traditional Irish tunes with some well-chosen covers and a handful of originals, Solas manages to be contemporary without being overtly modern. Its music is built on tradition, and even a cover of Dan Fogelberg's "Scarecrow's Dream" sounds as if it came from an emerald isle of the past when sung by Deirdre Scanlan. Whether raving it up ("Bird in the Tree"), trading licks with guest banjoist Bela Fleck ("Carlisle Street Reels") or melting in the electric guitar reverb on founder Seamus Egan's heartrending title track, Solas never strays far from its Celtic roots, yet never sounds like a repertory band.—JD


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