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The Duhks - Migrations

Migrations

The Duhks

SUG CD 4014

Available from The Duhks’ official store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Monica Griffin
(mgriffin@olp.net)

If you access the MySpace profile for this band, under "Sounds like:" the response is "like nothing else…" That's true, and then, all at once, not entirely. Do you like Celtic, Newgrass, World, Zydeco, old spirituals? If you answered yes to any or all of these, then you are in for a real treat! Even if you said no to any one of them, this CD just may change your mind. This collection is a perfect amalgam of so many types of music, bringing them all together in a unique and exciting blend.

Very rarely do I lay hands on a CD that thrills me from the very first listen. After I played it the first time, loving every single track, I played it again immediately, and then a third time, because I couldn't get enough of it. Now having listened to it several times over the last week or so, it still hasn't lost its initial appeal. Whenever I decide to listen to it again, it's because, what the heck!, I'm walking around with this incredible collection of music playing in my head anyway.

There is a lot of excitement and pure movement in the tracks The Fox and The Bee, Down To The River and Domino Party; the soulful and languid environs of Who Will Take My Place? and Heaven's My Home; and the artful Mountains O' Things, Out in the Rain, Moses Don't Get Lost, and Turtle Dove.

This band of young musicians is as tight and sweet as any I've ever heard: solid vocals, beautiful harmonies, and fantastic instrumentation with the talent to attract the production investments of Tim O'Brien and, on a previous release, Bela Fleck.

At the risk of sounding trite, buy this CD - you won't be sorry. Really! Not a note is wasted and neither will be a single penny of the price.

Now, excuse me while I backtrack into their last two releases to see what I've been missing!

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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