The Bottom Line
- Good musicianship
- Diverse song selection
- Nice and atmospheric
- Borderline schmaltzy
- Simply not very exciting
- The strongest recording that Eileen Ivers has ever done.
- Great atmospheric music, especially for Irish-Americans.
- Not a brilliant or overly inspired album, but perfectly nice.
Guide Review - Eileen Ivers - An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas
The song choices are good here (and, much to my delight, do not include "The Little Drummer Boy")... a couple of classics ("Hark, the Herald...", "Do You Hear What I Hear?"), several good Irish tunes, a little Irished-up Bach ("Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring") and even "Christmas Time is Here", from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Most vocal duties are handled by Tommy McDonnell (who, if you don't recognize him from Irish music, you might recognize from The Blues Brothers), with a couple of special guests, most notably Susan McKeown on the album's strongest track, the haunting ballad "Don Oiche Ud i mBeithill".