16 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Loreena McKennitt's songs unfurl like medieval tapestry, revealing vibrant color and mystical detail that seem beyond the capacity of earthly mortals. The Canadian singer can hold a note as long as anybody, and on "The Mystic's Dream" (1996) she draws out a heavenly vibrato over a track that rumbles like the end of the world: Celtic and Moroccan instruments weave a dense web of sound over baritone Gregorian-style chants. These fusions are her forte. "The Gates of Istanbul," for instance, from 2006, dances over a tight, syncopated beat while lyrics portray music itself as a cosmic North Star.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Loreena McKennitt's songs unfurl like medieval tapestry, revealing vibrant color and mystical detail that seem beyond the capacity of earthly mortals. The Canadian singer can hold a note as long as anybody, and on "The Mystic's Dream" (1996) she draws out a heavenly vibrato over a track that rumbles like the end of the world: Celtic and Moroccan instruments weave a dense web of sound over baritone Gregorian-style chants. These fusions are her forte. "The Gates of Istanbul," for instance, from 2006, dances over a tight, syncopated beat while lyrics portray music itself as a cosmic North Star.

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