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Blackmore's Night


Prog Folk

4.21 | 37 ratings

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4 stars I bought this DVD as a Christmas present to myself, even as I'm not any 'fan' of the band. But yes, I was right: this is such a well-produced and luxorious double-DVD that even a non- fan has lots to enjoy. The second disc contains music videos (most of which can rely on the beauty of Candice Night - the two computer graphic animations were not up to my taste!), interviews, live numbers and nicely served bio- and discographies. Even before viewing the concert DVD itself I began to be charmed by the spirit of this band: a bunch of atavistic romantics wearing minstrel costumes and visiting old castles and starting to sing & play just like that, for the pleasure of it. Though the more cynical side of me thinks that it's an image, a brand, to be sold as well as any other. Nevertheless there's at least some true spirit in it. A heartly escape from the chaotic modern life.

Candice is a charismatic, warm-hearted performer, it's not just pretty face, body and voice. And Ritchie really doesn't have any overblown rock star personality. Can you think of any other hard rock guitar legends who could be so at home with this kind of stuff?

Before buying this I had heard only their debut, which I gave a relatively bad review here. Basically songs continue the same soft style but i think the songs have improved from some quite pretentious ones from the debut. Or maybe they work so much better live. Anyway, it's very nice to have one Deep Purple number too: 'Soldier of Fortune' is a highlight. All in all, Blackmore's Night may not be the cleverest music in ProgArchives - indeed it's rather naiive sometimes - but for those who wish some romantic take-offs from today's hurries, this beautiful DVD can be recommended.

Matti | 4/5 |


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