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White Willow


Symphonic Prog

3.25 | 98 ratings

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4 stars First ao all I would like to say that this is very well controlled album. The musicians don't tumble down to meaningles gimmicks. This is maelancholic yes but not at all boring. Instead the melodies are beautiful in such a manner that they are constantly interesting. The voices of jan, sylvia and asa are all enjoyable as are the spoken words of teresa in "Helen & Simon magus" which for me is the high pointy of this album. Some have been dissapointed in the recording sound but I find there no reasons for complaints. I have been wondering what might be the problem and only suggestion is that there are a lot of low background sounds here and if your equpment is not up to handling them they might cause some disturbance. But if you listen to for example 3.rd piece "sotcriology" in the beginning there is a acustic guitar and piano well placed on the soundstage and when the second acoustic guitar appears it finds a perfect place on the other side of the piano. You can clearly hear the fingers movin on the finger board. As Sylvia starts singing on the right side there is a high feeling of presence and her voice is intimate. There is both mouth and chest in the sound. I don't find a problem in the recording.

I should give this a five star so that it would climbe up to the position it deserves: three and somethig is absolutely too little. But the the last song is not quite as good as the rest so four stars must be enough. Anyway a fine album!

pirkka | 4/5 |


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