Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion – a CD Review

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Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion is a Celtic music CD, featuring Carol Arblaster on the harp. On Brendan Soul, Arblaster plays predominantly original songs arranged with traditional instruments along with her Celtic harp and vocals. Themed on the lives of the early Celtic Saints of the British Isles, Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion some of the loveliest instrumentals imaginable with moderate vocals to create a palatable project.

My favorite song by far on Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion was “Skellig Michael,” which I could listen to all day. My only complaint is that particular song was far too short. The liner notes say, “This tune breaths tranquility and hope of eternal rest.” If the entire Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion CD captured the lyrical beauty of “Skellig Michael,” I think I would just leave it on the CD player and listen to nothing else.

Another favorite song on Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion was the simple, melodic “Julian’s Song,” which is a great instrumental. Carol Arblaster wrote this lovely lullaby for her first grand-daughter, Julian.

Paul Arblaster’s lyrics are lovely and inspiring on Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion, and Carol’s harp music is melodic and tranquil. Although the vocals are pleasant enough, they are no match for the rest of the subtle, soothing mix of Celtic elements found in Brendan Soul. The only place the vocals truly soar are on the last song, “Apart from You,” where the entire mix of vocals, lyrics and instruments works together to create a noteworthy ending for Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion.

If you enjoy Celtic music, harp music, or New-Age music, you definitely might want to consider giving a listen to Brendan Soul – A Celtic Companion.

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