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Mutter Summary

Mütter (German for ‘mother’) is the third album from Maria Doyle Kennedy, Four years in the making, recorded at many locations including Cork, Wicklow, Dublin and Monaghan, Mütter is a gloriously unsettling collection of classic pop melodies. Cuts such as Opera, Skin and Here You Come, are intensified by Kieran Kennedy’s masterfully treated guitars and inventive keyboard backdrops. The timbre of the record evokes an-alternative ambient hybrid, warm airs and carefully crafted words offset by wintry tinges of the Cocteau Twins and The Cure. The bristling One Step Forward is the exception: swampy flowing rhythms spiked with Stereolab synth hooks, growling bass, and an unashamedly carnal vocal.

The album was, Maria admits, conceived under the influence of Chuck Palahniuk’s 2003 coma fable Diary, the testimony of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a valentine to the occult power of art. “I was chasing this record down when a friend handed me the book and said, ‘I’ve read your album’,” Maria says. “It became the key that unlocked the mystery for me. Faced with decisions to make about a song, I asked myself, ‘What would be true to Misty’s journey?’ It was easy after that…”

Consequently, Mütter sounds twinned with eerie 70s cinema classics like Don’t Look Now and Picnic At Hanging Rock. Mother could be a calm riposte to Lennon’s primal scream; 40 Days is a minor key panic attack, the scratchings of a soul trapped under cryogenic ice; and the gorgeous Swoon is the point where Sandy Denny meets Sigur Ros. Elsewhere, the near baroque Call Me, evokes the sound of Billie Holiday fronting a Michael Nyman score. Above all, this music is haunted and haunting, an album of shadows and unreal light whose after-effects linger long in the mind. Mütter is a body of interwoven songs as complex and fragile as a spider’s web


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Unbelievable ( from Mutter ) - bannor216 - 21/09/2013
I can't handle this. the duality of the mirrored (symmetrical) images...the synchronicity i find in the lyrics relative to this moment in my life. she, her power, puts a crush on my heart.

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Mother ( from Mutter ) - donnybrooklads - 21/09/2013
Can you hear and feel the magic? I can

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Mutter - shulamite1 - 21/09/2013
Gorgeous harmonies and wonderful production. Lovely..........

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Unbelievable ( from Mutter ) - dakotahblu - 21/09/2013
This is my favorite song off of Mutter, it never ceases to amaze me. I am so loving her new CD The Storms are on the Ocean. Just brilliant good stuff. Her and Kieran make quite the pair and such lovely music comes from them.

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Skin ( from Mutter ) - Bryan Campbell - 21/09/2013
she's amazing this song somehow reminds me of John Lennon's music

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Mutter - Pfalzgreven - 21/09/2013
All Hail the Queen!

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What a surprise!!! - by br grl in ct - 21/09/2013
I was at home minding my business when I remembered what a friend had told me about Showtime's The Tudor series, I decided to google it and ended up on Maria's website. She play's Queen Katherine of Aragon, I didn't know she was also a singer. I really enjoyed her music, downloaded the whole album. If you have to get only one get Opera.

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Really Good - by Krissy_26 - 21/09/2013
I Love the Tudors and I read that she sang and these songs are really nice to listen to!

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Skin ( from Mutter ) - Alessandra LoRusso - 21/09/2013
I love this Song I just can't get enogh..Great Maria..Gotta love her..

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Majestic Maria - by SevenMoreTimes - 21/09/2013
It was the first Maria Doyle Kennedy CD I got. It is always on my playlists. It's like a breath of fresh air, her style is so special. The songs are written by herself, and the lyrics are very deep. It's an albun everyone should listen to if they have time.

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Seven More Times ( from Mutter ) - danie555 - 21/09/2013
This is the song that I am playing to walk down the isle to at my wedding. Every time I hear it I get goosebumps. MDK has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.

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Forty Days ( from Mutter ) - Gabby Wolstenholme - 21/09/2013
this is such a cool style of song! i LOVE it! :D

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