Teir Abhaile Riu
Label: Manhattan Records
Step into Celtic Woman's world, a misty, innocuously mystical fairyland where everything (from Simon & Garfunkel to "Ave Maria") is kind of vaguely Irish, every instrument sounds sort of like the bagpipes or the bodhran (even the guitars) and everyone sings with the sweet-and-high precision of a Disney princess. It's a pretty, if predictable, place that this five-woman troupe has long claimed ownership of (with corners rented from Celine Dion and Michael Flatley). They especially own their turf when things get jiggy, as on traditional reel "The Foxhunter" or Clannad cover "Teir Abhaile Riu."