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White Willow


Symphonic Prog

3.92 | 253 ratings

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4 stars I have been a collector of their albums for a while, but never bothered to listen to them. Getting this album spurred me to review it.

The music was a bit of a shock first time I listened to this album. Or to be more precise; the female vocals. I did not expect to be treated to a Melora Creager like female vocal. This on the first minutes of this album, a song called Hawks Circle the Mountain. This is by no means criticism of White Willow's vocalist Sylvia Skjellestad. Her vocals is superb and also varied.

Overcoming the initial surprises........... The album stretches it's legs well into the Scandinavian symph prog tradition. Kaipa is a band that springs to mind. But White Willow have their own style within the Scandinavian scene. I style I have a bit difficult to grasp because this is the tenth time I am listening to this album in dept while I am taking notes. I feel like a newspaper journalist taking notes during a football match he/she has to write 155 words about before deadline.

The songs are long and pretty filled with details. Both guitars and keyboards drives the music forward. That and the vocals. The sound is pretty melancholic and heavy as in an Ingmar Bergman movie. In short, a bit difficult to describe.

The quality of the music is great throughout. The best song, with a very narrow margin, is the heavy melancholic laden Searise. The rest of the album is an aural treat too.

This album maybe a bit too heavy to be enjoyed every day (think a heavy Burgundy red wine). But it is a great album which will win the band some new fans. For example; myself.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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