January 16, 1995 12:00 PM

Máire Brennan

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Máire Brennan and kid sister Enya sprang from the same family tree. Enya’s lapidary, ethereal—and multi-platinum—New Age hymns are fit for an urban cathedral, while the earthy tunes Maire (pronounced Moya) offers on her own and with her group, Clannad, are firmly entrenched in Ireland’s pastoral folk tradition. On Máire’s latest album, the singer-songwriter again reprises her Gaea-gone-Celtic recording persona, flirting with country and western on the lovely “Dream On” and hailing a lush luxury model of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” Meantime she hints at a tougher side over tangoing guitars on “The Days of the Dancing” and along-side arresting percussive polyrhythm on “The Watchman” and “Heroes.” Adventures like these may not be as in-your-face as a gun-toting gansta-rap tirade, but they sure pack a similar wallop. (Atlantic)”

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