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Two Horizons

  • reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2004 1 Feb
Two Horizons
Sounds like … the breathy contemporary Celtic of Brennan's group, Clannad, and her sister Enya, not to mention the angelic songs heard in the Lord of the Rings filmsAt a glance … the lyrics are vague and don't overtly communicate Brennan's faith, but it's undeniably beautiful and soothing stuffTrack ListingShow MeBright StarChange My WorldBí LiomIs It Now (theme)FallingTaraAncient TownShow Me (theme)Sailing AwayRiverIs It NowMothers of the DesertHarpsongTwo HorizonsShow Me (Jakatta Mix)

Many know Moya Brennan from Irish supergroup Clannad over the last 20 years—though even more may know her sister, Celtic artist Enya. Brennan, raised a Catholic and married to a Protestant (in Ireland, no less), began to fully embrace her Christian faith 15 years ago, using her platform as an artist to share her beliefs with a different audience. Recent albums have been recognized in the Christian music scene, most notably multi-artist projects Streams and In Christ Alone.

Two Horizons, Brennan's first solo album in five years, features her gorgeous breathy vocals and more prominent use of her harp skills, plus a number of highly regarded Irish and British musicians, traditional and contemporary. This concept album seems to tell a story steeped in Irish folklore about the search for a legendary harp—but Brennan's abstract lyrics could be interpreted in many ways. It could be heard as a metaphorical retelling of her own musical journey, and on another level, it delves into the spiritual. "Show Me," for example, is directed to a "time stranger," yet it works as a prayer to return to the straight and narrow: "Show me the way, where I belong/Please show me the way to find you/Show me the way to hear your song." Likewise, "Change My World" vaguely expresses a desire to strengthen faith and help others.

It's a stretch to say Two Horizons is overtly Christian in theme. The words are vague, the songs are not especially memorable, and it doesn't express Brennan's faith as clearly as some of her other works. Nevertheless, the Lord inspires her work as an artist, and there's no denying that this is beautiful, soothing, and haunting stuff.