Essential: a masterpiece of folk music
Planxty begins its remarkable sophomore release The Well Below the Valley with the pipe-led "Cunla," an engaging round sung by founder Christy Moore. Impeccably played dance tunes, soulful laments, and rollicking narratives follow, allowing listeners access to the full breadth of the group's many talents.
Gone are the days of Windows, Animation, and The Altar, all of which had a happy sort of lilt to them. "Crossing the Line" may not be the most original metal album around, but its sincerity and its uncompromising execution make this one of the more enjoyable heavy power metal records.