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White Willow


Symphonic Prog

3.28 | 106 ratings

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4 stars This WW's work is their most representative example of one of the bands mark: simple and yet memorable tunes.

The review will be made track by track, and is based on my CD, the Laser Edge edition.

1. Leaving the House of Thanatos.

Begins with a relaxing and quite slow acoustic guitar. When the bass enters, it's very proeminent, and pushes the composition to a darker mood. The female vocals contribute to avoid this mood gets to exagerated. Some few times the execution becomes bombastic, and such combination of soft and grandious makes it a magnificent song.

2. The Book Of Love

Astonishing vocal harmonies, one of the most memorable among their discography. With inspiring lyrics. I destaquei um trecho.

"Ever as time goes on and on and on, these stars will burn forever. Ever as time grows heavy-headed, wan ever. Ever as life goes on and on and on my heart is yours forever, ever as life grows tired and forlorn; eve".

3. Soteriology

Piano and acoustic guitar make a gentle introduction, and remain as the core instruments all over it. They return to the melancholic feeling present on first track. But here, harmonies are more simple than they usually deliver.

4. Helen And Simon Magus

The angelical voice, with a perfect tune on piano, makes a georgeous introduction. The bombastic snippets are marvelous, dense, with intelligent changes on the percussion/drums. As on the first track, they lend the guitar participations practically only for those bombastic performances. It's a song of hope, which can be seen as on the lyrics' final.

"Thus immersed in incognicity, we must rise from the blackest deep. And emerge above the waters, freed of demiurgic sleep, we shall soar where we once did creep".

5. Thirteen Days

The shortest song on the album, 3min. Basically, only vocals and acoustic guitar are present. Very delicate.

6. A Strange Procession

An annoying and sad tune is repeated over and over. A very weak song.

7. A Dance Of Shadows

In this they did a great job. Besides beautiful vocal harmonies, the guitar is more present and inspired. The synthesizers, which in the other tracks were more for background or supporting sound, now do that but also performs some beautiful solos.

Musically, I give it a 3.4. For the lyrics, 4.7. So, it will be more appreciated for those who enjoy intelligent and clever lyrics.

arymenezes | 4/5 |


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