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POSSESSED Press Quotes

Media praise for eX’s production & recording of POSSESSED


“If you fancy a little something both brilliant and mischievous, then this is absolutely for you.” Early Music Today (UK)

“Not for the pure of heart. eX’s Possessed is a tour de force of instrumental and vocal brilliance.” Lawrence Vittes, Huffington Post (USA)

“Both the idea for this recording and its execution are captivating. It was high time to trace this strange chapter of the human race in music!” Robert Strobl, Toccata Alte Musik Aktuell (Germany)

“The album is called Possessed and as we listen we become possessed by the fascinating charismatic singer Caitríona O’Leary with her angelic and ethereal voice….Dances, songs and improvisations uniquely performed by O’Leary and her colleagues which evoke the gods and spirits and lull the listener into a trance. Thrillingly different!” Teresa Pieschacón Raphael – Crescendo Magazine (Germany)

“Adrenalin pumping rhythms alternate with moments of pure meditation before the sweet song of the Siren once again turns our heads. A CD with a high addiction factor –so no one should say, they have not been warned!” Winifried Dulisch – Stereoplay Magazine & Audio Magazine (Germany)

“In Possessed eX combined music, dance and theatre in a hugely inventive and intelligent way – yet never once was entertainment pushed onto a back seat.” Sean Rocks, Radio 1 (Arena) RTÉ (Ireland)

“Possessed was a great pleasure in many ways; the music was of the highest international standard with beautiful singing and most infectious instrumental playing. The incorporation of drama and dance was most unusual but never too contrived and the overall staging and presentation a delight. This show deserves to be performed widely – it got a standing ovation from a Dublin audience. Early music of this sort has such a strong immediate appeal and eX is the only Irish based group to present it – and to such a very high standard.” Tim Thuston, RTÉ Lyric FM (Ireland)

“The singing and instrumental playing are very fine and the whole of Possessed has a certain infectiously endearing quality.” (USA)

“What this disc gives us is a recorded soundtrack, an engagingly offbeat selection of works which straddle centuries and genres. What unites them is the seriousness of intent. These performances are consistently good, whether they’re bald fragments of medieval music or an extract from Vincent Youmans’s soundtrack to the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio… What links the numbers is their potency. Some of these pieces might induce trance-like states, and others will have listeners’ fingers and feet tapping involuntarily.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk (UK)



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