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Blackmore's Night


Prog Folk

3.22 | 106 ratings

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3 stars This album is a very suprising debut for a band with Ritchie Blackmore in it.

I bought this album without hearing anything about it other than the fact that Ritchie was in the band. I figured that there would be incredible guitar solos throughout, some good catchy songs and a good singer. The usual Deep Purple or Rainbow album.

I was completely in shock when I heard Shadow of the Moon. The acoustic guitars were delicate, beautiful and, very un-Ritchie Blackmore. There were some flutes in the background, and on the song Play Minstrel Play I knew I had heard them before. "Thats Ian Anderson, it has to be." I looked on the liner notes and sure enough, it was.

The musicians are all very good on this album, but the best part of Blackmore's Night is deffinately Candice Night. She has a gorgeous voice thats almost as good (not quite) as The singer from Renaissance. Its very similarin timbre, but lacking the purity and range.

The song Writing on the Wall is incredibly out of place on this album. Out of nowhere there is some wierd electronic disco type song that is just awkward on a folk album. If it weren't for that song, this album could have gotten a 4 star rating, but I'll give it 3.5 instead.

weaverinhisweb | 3/5 |


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