Ronan Hardiman – Solas

23 01 2009

superd_1169937Ronan Hardiman – Solas
MP3 @ 128 Kbps VBR | 52:25 min | 52.4 MB | 1997 | 10% Recovery Record

Solas is wonderful and smooth, all of the tracks are as good as the next. Ronan Hardiman takes on a feel good trip and does not stop. I could really feel his power in all of the tunes as you will also. The hard beats with soft whispery vocals is an awesome sensation. If I had to compare (which is hard, because Hardiman has a style of his own) I would say this CD is a cross between Robert Miles, Enigma, and Enya. Track No. 7 – “Angel” placed me in a zone I never felt before and I must say it was great. I collect mostly Contemporary Jazz music and a NewAge CD every once in awhile, but I’m not disappointed with Solas and very pleased to have it part of my collection. I highly recommend you add Solas to your collection.

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Ronan Hardiman – Anthem

23 01 2009

inlay-front1Ronan Hardiman – Anthem
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 50:22 min | 134 MB | 2000 | 10% Recovery Record

Ronan Hardiman first gained renown as the composer for Michael Flatley’s Irish dance extravaganzas, Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. On Anthem, his second solo release, he moves away from the relentlessly rhythmic music of his Flatley collaborations, in favor of a looser, more atmospheric style of composing and performing. Hardiman’s sweeping synthesizer tones on tracks such as “Ready for Life” recall the ethereal music of Enya while his use of Latin chants on “Salve” sound like a less spooky version of Enigma. Hardiman has a gift for writing great hooks, which give songs like “That Place in Your Heart” and “Heaven (Waiting for Me There)” an unexpected, but enjoyable pop sheen. The songs on Anthem are not explicitly Irish, but Hardiman’s strong melodic sense and mystical leanings imbue them with an irresistible Celtic character.

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