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World Music CD Reviews Celtic & Irish


By Paula Kirman
Published February 7, 2006

Razor & Tie

The Irish Tenors are Anthony Kearns, John McDermott, and Finbar Wright, three men with powerful voices who give an operatic, Celtic flair to many contemporary and traditional classic songs. Their seventh album since they joined together in 1998 (although with a few lineup changes), Sacred is a collection of spiritual songs, both hymns and some more recent Christian songs. “Be Thou My Vision,” “How Deep the Father’s Love,” and, of course, “Amazing Grace,” are some of the titles on Sacred. Hail Glorious St. Patrick” adds a bit of an Irish theme to the songs, apart from the performers themselves. This is a Christian-oriented album for sure, although most of the selections are universally known. Despite the vocalists having audible Irish accents, this really is not a Celtic album either. What Sacred is, is an album by competent and talented vocalists, aimed to inspire. That is a goal that is more than accomplished.