Ceili Rain has been known for their unique fusion of Celtic and rock influences, and their latest album “Crash This Gate” does not disappoint. The compositional style is inspired by ethnic traditions and classic rock, making for a very interesting combination indeed. With a solid pop-rock songwriting skill, Ceili Rain has created an album that is full of uplifting spiritual messages and refined dynamic and harmonic progressions.
A powerhouse of an LP by Ceili Rain
From the first track, “Crash This Gate,” to the last, “Twenty Seconds,” the album keeps the listener engaged with its superlative arrangements that have medieval and prog overtones. This makes the music of “Crash This Gate” absolutely out of the ordinary. Bob Halligan Jr’s compositional richness and vision is fantastic. He is able to blend Celtic and rock influences seamlessly, giving us strong and intense emotions. This is an artist with a great compositional experience behind him, and his talent for creating such songs is one that only a few possess.
One standout track on the album is “Love Corporation,” which has a catchy melody that is sure to get stuck in your head. The song is full of positive energy and is a great example of the uplifting spiritual messages that Ceili Rain is known for. “One Pull Nearer the Shore” is another standout track that showcases the band’s unique blend of Celtic and rock influences. The track has a great rhythm and melody that is sure to get you moving.
“My Specialty” is another track that features some impressive songwriting from Ceili Rain. The song has an emotive soundscape filled with strings and pads that creates a memorable atmospheric tonality. The bagpipes at the end bring the album a distinct charm that is hard to miss. All the tunes on the album are solid and keep you glued to the speakers from the first to the last second.
Ceili Rain takes it home with Crash This Gate
The album “Crash This Gate” would fit perfectly into the soundtracks of two movies: “Braveheart” and “The Lord of the Rings”. The album’s Celtic influences would fit perfectly with the epic, medieval feel of both of these films. The album’s rock influences would also fit perfectly with the action and adventure that is present in both movies.
Overall, “Crash This Gate” is a fantastic album that showcases Ceili Rain’s unique blend of Celtic and rock influences. The album’s uplifting spiritual messages, refined dynamic and harmonic progressions, and superlative arrangements make it an absolute must-listen for fans of experimental and Celtic rock. This is an album that is sure to get your blood pumping and your feet moving. Ceili Rain has once again proven that they are one of the most talented and innovative bands in the music industry today.