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Ockham's Razor

by Ockham's Razor

Traditional Celtic and folk fusion breathes new life to some of the your favorite songs as well as a few originals. Also includes a live version of the beautiful Gaelic song Griogal Cridhe and an a cappella version of "Danny Boy".
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Star of the County Down
4:19 $0.99
2. The Lassie Who Never Says No
2:55 $0.99
3. I Drink
2:58 $0.99
4. My Lagan Love
4:43 $0.99
5. The Parting Glass
4:12 $0.99
6. A Face, An Echo
3:54 $0.99
7. Griogal Cridhe (live)
4:24 $0.99
8. Danny Boy (a cappella)
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ockham's Razor is a folk rock, Celtic influenced, progressive quartet based out of Seattle.

Their music has been described as such: "The music [of Ockham's Razor] is kind of a Gaelic-Celtic flavor with an interesting pop sensibility. They mix traditional Celtic music with their own brand of exuberance and bring a fresh sound to the old songs."

Ockham's Razor brings youthful twists to traditional Celtic songs.

The band began forming after Ben Ireland and Kris Clements met when they were part of Servants of the Rich. Katie Corcoran joined Servants next and the three formed an instant bond and had a shared vision of the music. The three began working on a side project when they were introduced to RandyWhitelock and Ockham's Razor was born.

Kris Clements says "The term Ockham's Razor just kept showing up in articles I was reading or television shows I was watching and after the third or fourth time, I realized it and thought it fits perfectly."

The term "Ockham's Razor" refers to the principle attributed to 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. The principle states, in English, "entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity." In other words "The simplest explanation is usually the best" or "Keep It Simple Stupid."

"Ockham's Razor is a group of young and talented musicians with and Irish rock sound, interwoven with haunting notes and energetic rhythms. They interpret traditional folk tunes in a progressive and stimulating way that leaves the audience listening. Their generous nature is part of the experience; the audience feels like part of the band."

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Catherine L. Tully

Ockham's Razor
This group is brand new, forming only in 2006, and has wasted no time in honing a sound that works. They have also branded themselves with a name that is both clever, and unlikely to be forgotten. For those who aren't familiar, a Franciscan living at the turn of the fourteenth century, William of Ockham, is associated with this idea that states, "entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity," -- an admonition to remember to keep things simple. With 8, well done tracks, this band attempts to--and succeeds--in doing just that. Track 3's title is a perfect example, "I Drink," which is, you guessed it, a drinking song!

Don't make the mistake of thinking that simplicity means that this effort is pedestrian and basic, however. Track 4, "My Lagan Love" is sung with more heart than the most complex of songs out there and is quite different in its arrangement with a quick undercurrent of music paired with slower, melodic vocals for an interesting--and arresting contrast. Sometimes simple is a good thing.

Track 6, "A Face, An Echo" was commissioned for an independent film, which seems to come as no surprise whatsoever upon hearing it--it has that feeling to it. The simplest track, an a cappella version of the Irish classic, "Danny Boy" is an interesting ending to this album. Although the vocalist strains somewhat to hit the challenging notes of this song--he rises to the occasion with emotion--which is how it simply must be sung.

Although the songs on this CD are all different from each other, rather than being disjointed, you get the feeling instead that you are getting a sampling of the band. It will be interesting to see the direction that they take with their next effort and where that leads them from here.


This band rocks
I heard this band in Mulleady's pub in Magnolia and went home and ordered the CD. Excellent! Creative and fast paced, I love this band.