There's something spiritual about Scotland, the colours, the scenery, the rain, the sunsets, the history, long summer nights, and it becomes part of you. Runrig bring out these feelings in their music and it's another great album, I wish they had come over to NZ before calling it a day !!
Heard bits of this album over the last couple of months. Great stuff. See you in Nottingham tomorrow night. Will raise a wee dram for Murdo Alec.
Great album. Can't stop listening to it.
Onar, The Story, Rise & Fall are all classic Runrig, they are still sounding really fresh after all these years.... Also great driving music!
Just brilliant......love it!
Incredibly sad to think that this will be there last album, but what an album to out on. Onar and The Place Where the Rivers Run are immediate favourites, but all good. The Story is brilliant as well.
Lovely tribute to the American astronaut Laurel Clark on Somewhere.
The final album from a band that have meant so much to not only its fans, but to Scotland as a whole, is obviously a sad occasion. However, 'The Story' does what every great ending to a narrative does - it leaves you wanting more. The songs feel fresh, masterfully produced by Brian Hurren. There is an intensity and a tempo throughout the album that allows for the necessary contemplation on Runrig's place in its fans' lives, as well as confirmation that they have been able to adapt with its fans by remaining as modern any of its contemporaries. A very fitting final song, 'Somewhere', with its ethereal lyrics, and a heartbreaking surprise after the final note is played.
I have to say, I was upset that this would be the last studio album by the band. However, they are saying goodbye to studio work with greatness in each and every song, but also giving us fans the knowledge that they are not done yet... Runrig will always forever be a part of me and I am grateful to Calum & Rory for their awesome songwriting and to the rest of the lads, Bruce, Iain, Brian and Malcolm for giving us the sounds for the last 14-16 years, let's not forget Donnie and Pete who helped give us Runrig in the 80's and 90's and to the others who have been instrumental in making Runrig, well, Runrig. Here's to the future!!!!
Yep sadly the 14th and final studio album for this sensational band. What a career they have had and thankfully are still having! Looking forward to catching them on the road and this album is a pure joy to listen to! All the best Runrig and thanks for the music previous and present!
As the title states. Superb.
Rise and fall, what a song. What an album.
See you in Ipswich.X
Very sad to hear that this will be the last studio album for Runrig. But what a beautiful, well crafted gift they have given us. If you're looking for the stomping tunes of the 80s and 90s this isn't it. But it is superb! Can't wait to see them live this spring.
Just listened to this as it was launched at midnight. After one listening every song feels like an old friend. By that I don't mean they all sound the same as other songs. They are, each one brilliant, distinctly Runrig and destined for many hours of listening pleasure.
This is Runrig's swan song album. That is a sad thing. However, this album serves to remind us of all the fantastic music and memories the band have given us over 40 years. I have been a fan for over 31 of those.
I hope they continue to tourfor many years to come, even if no longer recording albums. All the songs on The Story would deserve repeated airings at gigs and become favourites.
The list of Runrig favourites is a long one and it is a hard fight to get a place on my list, but so many of these tracks will.
The Story, Rise and Fall, ... I was going to list stand out tracks, but I would just end up listing the whole album.
Absolutely lovely album.
Fantastic !!!! A band with 40 years of superb music behind them - this just adds to " the story" long live Runrig and long may we continue to be blessed with such amazing and touching music.
'And I'm still dreaming of the Hebrides......' Words that resonate. Powerful lyrics........
From the folky days of Play Gaelic and The Highland connection 40 years ago, Runrig have constantly developed their unique sound. Keeping an essential Celtic soul to their music they have improved their production and gradually evolved the scope and fullness of their sound. This is, I am crushed to hear, their last studio album. The culmination of a story 40 years in the telling. Their final offering sees a more dance like feel to the albums first single. Even more dancy than Proterra. Less rocky than Everything You See. But Malcolm's soaring guitar, Ian's phenomenal drums, Brian's genius production and Rory with his husky, throaty voice combined with the vision, scope and poetry of Callum's lyrics make this unmistakably Runrig at the very top of their game. Can't wait for the rest of the album to be released and to see them in Sheffield in February. Can't wait to hear Bruce add his contribution. Buy the single and be part of the Runrig Story. You really won't regret it.
I almost had a tear in my eye when I read that Runrig’s upcoming album of which this is the single from is likely to be their last, but what a way to end an amazing career, still sounding as fresh as the first Runrig album I ever played!
The single 'The story' sung by Rory, starts of in Gaelic, before bursting into an upbeat chorus and then into an uphoric almost dance beat instrumental with Runrig's trade mark soaring guitars and Brian's keyboard wizardry, and of course Runrigs usual fantastic thought provoking lyrics which really do tell a story - make sure you check out the YouTube video too!
I don't expect this will do well in the charts as it's much to sophisticated for your average radio 2 listener or DJ these days, but I honestly don't think that matters one bit, what matters is that it's an unique sound, created and sung by talented musicians that comes from the heart, a sound as vast and magnificent as the great Scottish landscape which inspires it!
Can't wait to see them live in 2016, if you haven't then you are missing out on an amazing experience!
If this is Runrig's last story to tell, then I can't think of a more fitting song to end it on.
Great song, Looking forward to the rest of the album in the new year and the Runrig concert at Manchester Apollo