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Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks hail from Long Beach, CA and are formed by an ensemble of musicians, fronted by Joy's beautiful opera-trained vocals accompanied by harp, cello and other myriad of instruments. Focusing on Celtic folk music they have released a number of albums over the years with the release of The Oracle in late 2013 being their latest work.



The Oracle - Review

While this is our first introduction to this talented ensemble, this is actually the band's fifth studio album. The Oracle This has been a great introduction to this artist and I regret not hearing about her sooner, especially since she's a local artist here in S. California and I end up hearing about her through this release on Kalinkaland Records out of Geramny! It's been great listening to this album and also catching up on previous works including a number of music videos all found and featured on the website listed below. With this album we're presented with a dozen sweet, simple and beautiful pieces that Celtic music fans will really enjoy.

The album starts off haunting with a minor key and simple broken chords on the harp with "Morrigan". This haunting piece sets the tone for the album somewhat, though as we move along the music isn't quite so dark and brooding, but brightens up a bit throughout while still maintaining the beautiful minimalistic style. As a huge fan of Celtic music, especially with an emotional and ethereal twist to it, much of this album really stands out as a great selection of new classics which listeners have been enjoying on our Ethereal radio show in the past few months. A few that have quickly become favorites definitely include those with a solid Celtic style, such as "The Parting Glass" which comes near the beginning of the album. The ballad-like lyrics are shared through the beautiful lilting soprano over the sweetly layered cello and harp with the occasional backing vocals adding some nice texture. "The Coat" picks up in similar fashion as another great piece on this album, keeping the picturesque imagery of a visionary quester beginning an adventurous journey through life. This concept and style remains strong across several beautiful tracks like the spell-binding "Dreams", the soft and sweet "Everything You Are" which has become a definite favorite on this album.

The artist definitely has some great influences ranging from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to Shakespeare as portrayed across the hauntingly beautiful tracks like "Ophelia" and "Faramir" as noted in the liner notes on the disc, but also maybe not so directly, but still the general feeling remains with some of the aforementioned pieces. All of these elements from all of these songs really come together for a beautifully haunting, full and complete album. Fans of some of the simpler classics from Dead Can Dance fronted by Lisa Gerard will definitely relate and enjoy these pieces. The prominent Celtic style definitely stands out throughout the album that fans will love and enjoy.

Rating: 4/5



Website: www.joyshannonandthebeautymarks.com

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