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SECRET VOYAGE

Blackmore's Night

 

Prog Folk

3.74 | 62 ratings

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Windhawk
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4 stars Nice release by Blackmore's Night here, in what is now the longest lasting band project guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore have ever been involved in.

The voice of Candice Night is the dominant trait on this album, all instrumentation basically sets up a foundation for her vocals to float upon. She has a good voice, is a skilled singer - and as long as you like the timbre and sound of her voice this will be regarded as a good release.

As for the music itself, it's a nice mix of new age, mellow rock and folk/classical tinged sounds - mostly on the folk side for the latter. Keyboards and synths of various kinds is the main melodic provider in many tunes, often creating multi-layered melody lines. Percussion and drums add drive, and Blackmore plays various forms of acoustic guitars and adds some atmospheric, soaring guitar solos to some songs too. Adding texture to all tunes are various forms of medieval instruments, giving the songs that ancient sounding folk-tinge so intriguing to find mixed in with modern instruments and classy female vocals.

Good release, good production and accessible melodies - this is the kind of album that should sell by the truckload.

Windhawk | 4/5 |

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