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PAST TIMES WITH GOOD COMPANY

Blackmore's Night

 

Prog Folk

3.36 | 18 ratings

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Angelo
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4 stars Have you ever fallen in love with someone's voice?

I know I have... I remember that years ago, when my wife was still my girlfriend, I would just sit still and listen to her singing in another room. The joy and happiness from that voice did miracles to even the worst of moods (it still does by the way). Listening to Candice Night singing Home Again on this album has the same effect. What voice this is - crystal clear, great range and you can hear how much she enjoys singing to the crowd. It really made me feel like 'coming home' the first time I heard it - I even got watery eyes...

I'm not an export on folk, nor on renaissance or medieval music, but I do like tracks like Ayreon's Ye Court Yard Minstrel Boy (on The Final Experiment). The 83 minutes of great music on this album are on a completely different level though. Folk, mixed with classical music and rock (driving beats combined with acoustic snares, brilliant! - well, it works for me).

I'm not going to attempt a track by track review here, but here's a small overview. Songs like Shadow Of The Moon, Under a Violet Moon and Renaissance Fair have a great mix of old and modern sound to them, and really make you feel like going to a big banquet and enjoy yourself. Candice' voice, mixed with the beat and the string melodies works perfectly. In some places (shadow of the Moon, Fires at Midnight) I can almost see here dance through the audience, casting here fairy spell on them.

When the electric guitar kicked in for 16th Century Greensleeves the first time I played the album, I was disappointed - why ruin the renaissance atmosphere with an electric guitar? However, after mere seconds that feeling was gone. The guitar lead at the start somehow fits in perfectly with the rest of the album which is to be expected from someone like Richie Blackmore of course. In this song, Candice' voice (again, sorry...) makes you forget about Rainbow's Ronnie James what was his last name again?

I can't explain better then this right now, but this album brings 'old' music that rocks in it's own way - and it's going to be on my list of favourites for quite a while I expect.

Angelo | 4/5 |

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