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Afro Celt Sound System — Rise Above It
Album: Seed
Avg rating:
6.5

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Total ratings: 1399









Released: 2003
Length: 10:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Crackin' walls inside my head
With a bottle full of rain
I promised to the coaster
I wouldn't tear it up again
Flick a peanut, break a glass
I wish I didn't sleep at Mass
And everything is closin' up
And yet again I come in last
I saw it in a dream
It was another time
And everything was blue
Everything was fine
And you were always there
And I could see clear
I was always yours
You were always mine
Rise above it, rise above it, rise above it
I see her on the ceiling
She's staring down in her gown
I had to make allowances
Between my love and goin' out
Now everything is closing up
The last call is well asleep
At gigs I danced with a Blue Nun
Now heartburn is goin' cheap
I saw it in a dream
It was another time
Everything was true
Everything sublime
And you were always there
And I could see clear
I was always yours
You were always mine
I saw it in a dream
It was another time
Everything was true
Everything sublime
And you were always there
And I could see clear
I was always yours
You were always mine
Rise above, rise above it
I wouldn't tear it up again
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Sounds a little bit too much like U2
"At gigs I danced with a Blue Nun"

do they still sell this sweet crap? Geez....
I love these guys!  They have lots of cool stuff
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
This is the best U2 song I ever heard!!......

Wait. What?

If it was a bit shorter I would bump my rating at least 1/2 point. Which would place it 2 full points above any U2 song for me, and still be in the "meh, so-so" range.
 

I was just thinking if Daniel Lanois produced this, it might actually be a classic U2 song... that it was just missing the mark.
This is the best U2 song I ever heard!!......

Wait. What?

If it was a bit shorter I would bump my rating at least 1/2 point. Which would place it 2 full points above any U2 song for me, and still be in the "meh, so-so" range.
This really a good band. He does some like Bono, but it's ok. The song and the band are fun to listen.
Very nice Song! !
I don't like this song much.  And I can't seem to "play something different."  Bummer.{#Frustrated}
Really bad!  Bono also sounds like a bad day (and I'm a big U2 fan)....never need to hear this again
 
VH1 wrote:


Such a great bunch!

 
And super tall!
To my very pleasant surprise, when wandering through my local CD store, Fopps, I saw a new album from ACSS in the World Music section and snapped it up. Very good it is too, very eclectic, and a lot more afro than celt compared to previous albums, with a host of collaborating musicians. See the ACSS website.
Very listenable and musical.
 dragon1952 wrote:

Not overall , but I did hear a smidgen here and there because Bono ran through my mind for a second in spots.

 
{#Drunk} This has to be one's state of mind in order to listen to Bono.  
 Jelani wrote:
Some listeners said this vocalist sounds like Bono. I don't get it. they sound nothing alike to me, and I like neither of them.

 
Not overall , but I did hear a smidgen here and there because Bono ran through my mind for a second in spots.


Such a great bunch!
 Jelani wrote:
Some listeners said this vocalist sounds like Bono. I don't get it. they sound nothing alike to me, and I like neither of them.

 
I would have said more like Mike Scott from The Waterboys, but with a less pronounced accent.
 zerosomething wrote:
Are they singing "this is boring"?

 
No, it's 'Am I boring?'.  And then they ask you to rise above it. geeze.
 
Nice!
Some listeners said this vocalist sounds like Bono. I don't get it. they sound nothing alike to me, and I like neither of them.
Are they singing "this is boring"?
 drewd wrote:

Did you sleep through the 80's ?
P.S. It does sound like Bono.

 
someone said this was the worst song he ever heard.  LOVE the response!


{#Boohoo}{#Clap}{#Jump} I think they're great! 
 xtalman wrote:

Yep, I was thinking it sounded like Bono, if I had not heard the intro I might have thought it a U2 tune.  Of course when the fiddles hit that goes a very different direction then U2.

 
yeah, a terrible direction :)

apart from sounding bad, it sounds too constructed.
 Lonestar wrote:
Shit sandwhich

 
Go see them live, it will open your mind............well, it might.
I had to make allowances, he might have seen crackin' walls inside my head.
Good fun upbeat tune. 
 aspicer wrote:
{#No}{#No}

 
yep

love AfoAmerican music
but AfroCelts, not so much
Not so talented as it pretends to be. 5.
Let the dude rise above.
Because, only constant
       Is change.
 Lonestar wrote:
Shit sandwhich

 
Which shit sandwhich? 
Love the fiddle jam toward the end!
 easmann wrote:

Not Bono: Mundy (born Edmond Enright, 19 May 1975, BirrCounty Offaly), also from Ireland. See prior posts. He does sound a bit like Bono.

 
Yep, I was thinking it sounded like Bono, if I had not heard the intro I might have thought it a U2 tune.  Of course when the fiddles hit that goes a very different direction then U2.
{#No}{#No}
came in late.   What's that about Pannetone.  I like it a lot myself but not enough to sing about it.
A catchy tune to listen to on a Saturday morning {#Smile}
Bono and some cliched twiddly fiddling. Make it stop
ho-hum
 ckcotton wrote:
Waaaaayyyyyyy tooooooooo loooooooonggg
 

 
You may want to fix your ADHD {#Wink}
 nicknt wrote:
One of the worst songs I ever listened to in my life. 

 
Did you sleep through the 80's ?
P.S. It does sound like Bono.
 nicknt wrote:
One of the worst songs I ever listened to in my life. 

 
Really? One of the "worst"?  There are a lot of bad songs out there, but this is not one of them.
Shit sandwhich
One of the worst songs I ever listened to in my life. 
Waaaaayyyyyyy tooooooooo loooooooonggg
 
I feel like partying... but i think I will go to bed
thought it was Bono too! {#Eh}
it would be a cool song if not for so much resemblance with him!
and I actually like old(er) U2 stuff
 reason06 wrote:


I think this is U2 everytime
 

It almost fooled me.  I was ready to turn off RP (as I do whenever U2 come on), but then I thought this actually isn't a bad U2 song.  What is it from?  And then I checked the playlist.
Bono and Mundy have GOT to be related. Ireland isn't that big a country.
 
 
They are probably distant cousins. That vocal DNA is pretty strong, though. 
 reason06 wrote:
I think this is U2 everytime
 
{#Doh}

Thanks for playing this to help me "rise above" my tedious work this afternoon!

{#Dancingbanana}
No matter what you hear or don't, it's pretty kicking. Ach laddie, I be shoppin some of this, yeah, mon.
 TheFriendlyCat wrote:
I dunno, maybe i'm deaf, but i'm not hearing a lot of 'celt' to this...
 
Yeah, there's only a bodhran, bones, fiddle and pennywhistle.  Nothing Celtic about that.  {#Rolleyes}

I love this band.

I dunno, maybe i'm deaf, but i'm not hearing a lot of 'celt' to this...
Really quite nice indeed.
Riverdance, that schlock?
Didn't they sing this in The Lion King?
 tony99 wrote:

Nope, someone made me a present of one of their CDs ages ago - I think I played it once.  I really like Celtic music but this just hits all the wrong buttons. Elevator music for the Riverdance generation, this (and the Corrs fit that pattern too)

 

Bullshit.

The amalgam of rock, celtic and middle eastern influences is unique.  Loreena McKennit gets 8 ratings without the rock part of the equation.

And listen to the way the groove emphasizes the off beat (or the "and" note, for the musos).  Let's see the effin Corrs do that.

See these guys live sometime.  That'll wake you up.

And, for my money, this is the best track from a really good album.

9.



philbertr wrote:
Great sequence, Bill! Keep up the great work! Never mind the negativity ("rise above it") most of us love what you are doing!
I don't think Bill's too worried about "the negativity". Everyone has their opinion about art (isn't that the point...to provoke an emotional reaction?) and if he didn't want to know ours these little message boards wouldn't exist.  He probably mines them for ideas and feedback and the occasional humorous bit. It would be horrible for there to be nothing here, or worse...all positive comments.

I give this one a 5 because I don't think it does a very good job of representing the genre but it's a pleasant enough listen and here, "5" is still "decent". What I don't get is how some people react to negative comments as being somehow illicit. If you record and release music into the world you are a professional even if you are an "indy artist" and fair game for artistic criticism. Even the little sucko-barfo dude is valid commentary since it comes from a listener.


 mgkiwi wrote:

I know what you mean so I take it's not worth the investment then!
 
Nope, someone made me a present of one of their CDs ages ago - I think I played it once.  I really like Celtic music but this just hits all the wrong buttons. Elevator music for the Riverdance generation, this (and the Corrs fit that pattern too)

 mgkiwi wrote:

I know what you mean so I take it's not worth the investment then!
 
Actually, its completely worth the investment.

 tony99 wrote:


Very well put, my friend - this kind of 'kitchen sink' approach to any ethnic music is annoying in the extreme ...
 
I know what you mean so I take it's not worth the investment then!
 mgkiwi wrote:
Who are these - U2 meets the Corrs. Quite like them - is the album with the investment?
 

Very well put, my friend - this kind of 'kitchen sink' approach to any ethnic music is annoying in the extreme ...
See them live, they are amazing.
the first three were great, but the Afro-Celts are so fake it's not funny.  And Bono has ben a moumental bore (musically and otherwise) for SO long ....
Who are these - U2 meets the Corrs. Quite like them - is the album with the investment?
AfroCelts-Rise Above It
Azam Ali-In Other Worlds
Cracker-Sidi Ifni
Led Zeppelin-Kashmir

Great sequence, Bill!  Keep up the great work!  Never mind the negativity ("rise above it") most of us love what you are doing!


it does have a U2 quality to it....but with a better beat.
I have a couple older AfroCelt Sound System recordings that are GREAT....this is a bit different.
I still prefer Baka Beyond tho'.
Gawd - the Afro Celts and someone who sounds like Bono.  Frightful ...
 Captain_D0D00 wrote:


Quintessential RP though, whether you like it or not.

WorldRockEclecktic = A Wreck
 
Well, since you obviously don't like the whole premise of what Bill and Becky are doing, why don't you just go somewhere else where you can be happy and spare the rest of us your whiny drivel.  You might want to try something from Clear Channel.

AfroCelts are bothering me these days...
cattail321 wrote:
EVEN THE POPE DISLIKES NAZIS!!!!! BUT HE STILL PRAYS FOR THEM
...so - farmers pray for rain and the pope prays for nazis?.. ...i thought he looked kind of evil...
doctec wrote:
:lol:
I think this is U2 everytime
Great background music to work to...which is what I do during the day.
MOTORSKILLS.....EVERYBODY'S RACIST...TO SOME DEGREE!! EVEN THE POPE DISLIKES NAZIS!!!!! BUT HE STILL PRAYS FOR THEM
THINK OF IT AS PINK FLOYD WITH RYTHME....LOL...SORT OF!!
whtahtefcuk wrote:
Turn on RP.. Celtic Crap.. Turn off RP
whtahtefcuk/donnyballgame: you guys are tough.
mysteryplane wrote:
The singer for this band is obviously racist.
Huh? III
A bit more mainstream sound than ACSS usually goes for, but I like it. A lot. Now just play "Rise" before this song and it's epic!
3 minutes...not bad 4 minutes...ok 5 minutes...hmmm 6 minutes...wow, long song 7 minutes...WTF 8 minutes...Where's my Xanax 9 minutes...Where's my Colt 45 I know St. Paddy's is coming up, but c'mon RP.
Turn on RP.. Celtic Crap.. Turn off RP
Pantagruel wrote:
U2-lite , for larger audience
:lol:
Bill, try some CaperCaillie from the Beautiful Wasteland CD sometime...very similar sound and and yet somewhat unique to this as well.
Krow_Pie wrote:
I'm right there with you...Sucko Barfo!
Quintessential RP though, whether you like it or not. WorldRockEclecktic = A Wreck
grego_lj wrote:
It has to be David Byrne
exonic wrote:
Umm.. This is David Byrne... Not sure of the song.. Is he a member of AfroCelts? I have an idea this is note ven close....
Nope. It's an Irish musician named just "Mundy". (click here)
:drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :sunny:
miahfost wrote:
Smarmy papp posing as world music.
I'm right there with you...Sucko Barfo!
Bono, is that you??
U2-lite , for larger audience
Sounds a bit like U2, but it's clearly another great tune in RP! :bananajam: :music:
Smarmy papp posing as world music.
It has to be David Byrne
Umm.. This is David Byrne... Not sure of the song.. Is he a member of AfroCelts? I have an idea this is note ven close....
auburntigerrich wrote:
As a big ACSS fan, I could do completely without the vocals. In fact, I seem to remember hearing this tune without them at some point. Dunno. The fiddle makes it, and the vocals break it. Still, worthy of a 6.
I'm so with you on this one! Love ACSS, but this only got a 6 from me, too.
As a big ACSS fan, I could do completely without the vocals. In fact, I seem to remember hearing this tune without them at some point. Dunno. The fiddle makes it, and the vocals break it. Still, worthy of a 6.
ziggytrix wrote:
yeah but this sounds more like Bono would after someone punched him in the throat :( edit: i really like this tune tho. just don't care much for the vocals.
Hence, punching Bono in the throat can't be all bad.
enough with the Celtic fuzak. why, oh why is this stuff played so often. oh well, the price to pay for an otherwise great radio station.
this could be on the eurovision song contest. enough said.
kmh wrote:
Anything that sounds like Bono is fine with me....
yeah but this sounds more like Bono would after someone punched him in the throat :( edit: i really like this tune tho. just don't care much for the vocals.
The best tune from a great CD.
2003? This sounds almost exactly like one of their earlier 90's songs when they were Afrocelt Sound System. I think theyre going back to their original name.
mysteryplane wrote:
The singer for this band is obviously racist.
Huh II :stupid:
Music is in the ears of the beholder ! :bananajam:
At first I thought it was pretty good (6), then I realized it was quite likeable (7)
AphidA wrote:
How am I hearing Wilco - Muzzle of Bees right now? I prefer it actually, but wtf? Is this some mystery stream I'm listening to?
Yeah, I'm getting Wilco too. I kept refreshing because I thought it just hadn't updated yet.. strange.
How am I hearing Wilco - Muzzle of Bees right now? I prefer it actually, but wtf? Is this some mystery stream I'm listening to?
mysteryplane wrote:
The singer for this band is obviously racist.
Huh?
Does anybody else hear the Talking Heads "Sax and Violins" in the instrumental intro? I've heard this song a number of times, but only just heard that similarity today. It must be because I tuned in partway through...
Steven_GEditorial Reviews Amazon.com In 1996, the Afro-Celt Sound System formed a sound clash that mixed Irish music, dance floor grooves, West African percussion, and the kora. While there were highlights, often with help from high profile singing guests like Sinead O'Connor and Peter Gabriel, the albums were fragmented. Now the members have shortened their name to the AfroCelts for their forth album, declaring that the Sound System isn't applicable because they've evolved into a more conventional and fully formed group. The change sounds radical, but it's really just a refinement in their working relationship and songwriting skill. Consequently, Seed holds together more strongly as an album. The songs are more consistently crafted and sonically rich here, with different voices and instruments coming to the fore, but never outshining the greater whole. Highlights include the blues slide guitar-driven title track, the wholly acoustic (which is a first!) and Irish jig-inspired "Ayob's Song/As You Were," and the Radiohead-influenced "All Remains." --Tad Hendrickson wrote:
That's funny... I think this was their weakest album. And on their most recent album, they're back to AfroCelt Sound System.
The singer for this band is obviously racist.
Seems I had the same thought as many that the singer might be Bono. Liking the song very much!
And that's one cracking fiddle, as well! They're so accomplished musicians, as well as insipired composers. I agree with the thought, however, that the voice does not sound special enough to accompany the composition.
magsterz wrote:
It's really hard to believe that's not Bono. But here's what a reviewer says on Amazon: 'Sadly though, the epic "Rise Above It" ends up being derailed by guest singer Mundy's Bono-like straining. --Martin Longley' I don't think the singing derails the song at all, I'm one of those who clicked on it to see what U2 song was playing that I had never heard of...
Couldn't agree more. Mundy's voice is great and just perfect for this song. I have this album and love it.
Anything that sounds like Bono is fine with me.... XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOXOXO:hearteyes:
Not Bono? Wow...still Afro Celts goodstuff!
MKG wrote:
Joyfulchristine wrote:
It's Eileen Ivers...one very amazing musician who also works with a great variety of music genres. If you like this song, I highly recommend her work to you. She's lots of fun in concert, too.
Eileen Ivers is great - I actually just recommended that Bill play some of her music - would fit in nicely with the mix I think. So much good energy.
Thanks for that tip! I just had a listen to her music on Amazon.com. On Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul I discovered traditional Irish reels & jigs with Violin and tin whistle BUT also with non-standard bongos rather than the more usual bodhran. As a matter of fact, the entire percussion section of many of her tunes sounds more African rather than Celtic! Though far from the more traditional Celtic music (which I love), this is (like AfroCelts) a very nice variation on the more standard arrangements. (Other albums sound more traditionally arranged - but perhaps with a good number of more pop tunes mixed in with the more traditional tunes.) Went to the album Wild Blue on Amazon.com and found a description there which summarizes Eileen in a succinct way -
Editorial Reviews Amazon.com Ivers grew up in an Irish American section of the Bronx, learning her jigs and reels well enough to win the Senior All Ireland Fiddle Championship. But she has also toured the world with Hall & Oates and has jammed with everyone from West African percussionists to American rappers. Wild Blue, named for the color of her violin and the sound it makes, encompasses all of these experiences in an all-instrumental album that connects the discipline of traditional forms to the freedom of improvisation. T-Bone Wolk, Ivers' co-producer and former Hall & Oates bandmate, adds organ and electric bass to most tracks, while Africa's Kimati Dinizulu and America's Ben Wittman add drums. Unlike most modernizers, though, Ivers maintains not just the old instruments but the old musical forms as well. --Geoffrey Himes
It's really hard to believe that's not Bono. But here's what a reviewer says on Amazon: 'Sadly though, the epic "Rise Above It" ends up being derailed by guest singer Mundy's Bono-like straining. --Martin Longley' I don't think the singing derails the song at all, I'm one of those who clicked on it to see what U2 song was playing that I had never heard of...
Editorial Reviews Amazon.com In 1996, the Afro-Celt Sound System formed a sound clash that mixed Irish music, dance floor grooves, West African percussion, and the kora. While there were highlights, often with help from high profile singing guests like Sinead O'Connor and Peter Gabriel, the albums were fragmented. Now the members have shortened their name to the AfroCelts for their forth album, declaring that the Sound System isn't applicable because they've evolved into a more conventional and fully formed group. The change sounds radical, but it's really just a refinement in their working relationship and songwriting skill. Consequently, Seed holds together more strongly as an album. The songs are more consistently crafted and sonically rich here, with different voices and instruments coming to the fore, but never outshining the greater whole. Highlights include the blues slide guitar-driven title track, the wholly acoustic (which is a first!) and Irish jig-inspired "Ayob's Song/As You Were," and the Radiohead-influenced "All Remains." --Tad Hendrickson
Joyfulchristine wrote:
It's Eileen Ivers...one very amazing musician who also works with a great variety of music genres. If you like this song, I highly recommend her work to you. She's lots of fun in concert, too.
Eileen Ivers is great - I actually just recommended that Bill play some of her music - would fit in nicely with the mix I think. So much good energy.
Beastie wrote:
Have always been in awe of AfroCelts since I first heard it in RP. I love this one, too. I also thought it was Bono, dammit.
I was just gonna say, the first part of the song sure does sound alot like U2 to me. hah. Glad I'm not the only one. :dance:
winter wrote:
I join the chorus of those who think this sounds like Bono singing. I actually thought it was some kind of U2 remix until I checked the "Now Playing" list. U2 or not U2, I like it.
The singer does sound a bit like him Bono. Intentional emulation maybe? (Using somebody else's successful formula?) Regardless, I like everything I have heard from this album! :music:
RP introduced me to this band...that was back in 2002. One of my faves. Crockydile no keel Bill. Bill play nice music, make Crocky happy. :dancingbanana: