Female first review
Méav’s album The Calling takes you on a spiritual journey, a soothing aura radiates throughout the album, enlightening my mood on this cloudy Wednesday afternoon. Unlike the full-blown harmonies of Celtic Woman, Méav reveals her softer side in a more intimate record with lots of intricate details and rich arrangements.
The album opener is a flawless rendition of The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face which was originally sung by Roberta Flack. Méav added great sentiment to this already beautiful track; the high notes prickle the skin, especially when she reaches an ear-piercing note around 2.25 in the song.
The third track on the album is a light-hearted execution of Pentangle’s Light Flight. With dreamy harmonies and perfect vocals, this is one of the highlights of the album. Meav then takes on Sandy Denny’s Listen, Listen, which could actually be better than the original. Meav’s light, angelic vocals differentiate from the harsher raspier tones of Denny, an excellent rendition.
The Songline To Home is based on the original melody of Eleanor Plunkett by Turlough O’Carolan. The song begins with a sombre feel which contrasts with the previous tracks. I have never heard the original melody that this song is based on but I really enjoyed the poignant opening lyrics ‘When you open your eyes/ To another grey sky/ Do your dreams slip away?/ Do you long for the night/ When you turn from the light/ And escape from the day?’
The next rendition on the album is a charming cover of the well-known 19th century American spiritual/folk song Poor Wayfaring Stranger. There have been so many different renderings of the song but I found Meav’s to be chilling and pure.
Meav takes inspiration from WB Yeat’s famous poem The Song of Wandering Aengus to create an enchanting and uplifting song.
Black Is The Colour is the album closer and my favourite of all the renditions, sweet and soothing it is pleasing for the ears with a Jazz-like composition, Meav’s vocals are particularly entrancing on this track.
Meav hits the nail on the head with all of these renditions; she marks the songs with her individual soprano vocal and elegant charm and creates the impression that she has written these songs herself.
The Calling is perhaps the strongest solo effort of Méav. The generous amounts of spirituality and atmospheric beauty of this album promise to captivate audiences worldwide. Emma Barlow, FemaleFirst.co.uk