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The Minstrel's Ghost


Crossover Prog

3.73 | 82 ratings

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Scott Brownstone
5 stars The Minstrel's Ghost is a project founded by Blake Carpenter.

As I have mentioned in other recent reviews... I am very new to reviewing anything and I am not a professional reviewer. I am just a musician and a fan.

This project has been a long time in coming to fruition. I believe it

has been well worth the wait.

Originally from Rhode Island, The Minstrel's Ghost is Blake Carpenter. He is a singer, songwriter

musician, producer and enginneer with a plethora of influences from classical to metal and all

genres in between. I understand that his favorite styles of music are those which feature his

drive and talent. Blake's writing styles range from folk to original 'prog' as well as hard rock

and heavy metal. The Minstrel's Ghost will take you on a wonderful journey that you may think you

have travelled before.. In previous reviews I have also mentioned my dislike of labelling projects/groups with specific

genres or subgenres,,, so please do undrstand that I'd rather we all just enjoy our music and

worry about labels later if you must.

I have listened very carefully for a number of times and have found no better way to enjoy this

tale. I have seen movies, TV shows, classic films as well as read many versions of the story. I

have also heard some musical versions with a siilar intent. In my view... This is perfect! You get to use your imagination as though you were reading a

story in a book. You get an amazing musical composition for accompiment and you will be too busy

immersing yourselves in it to remember the individual tracks.

There are two main segments to this disc. Each broken down into specific parts of the story. If

you decide to add this to your collection... I would advise the phyical CD over the download.

The art is out of this world and the story and track descriptions are much clearer than my


As I am not a pro at this...I will leave it to them (the pros) to carefully itemize and

scrutinize each individual molecule of the Minstrel's Ghost. I continue to enjoy it and have it

as a regular on my current playlist. Bring your favorite beverage and some snacks with you to

your favorite listening spot (headphones please) and let it just wash over you. It ebbs and

flows like the tides. Be careful for the style changes.... from majestic to bang your head. If

you start to doze when you usually listen to tunes on the beach you will not get a sunburn from

this CD. It will keep your attention I assure you.

I sincerely hope that one day I will get to meet Mr. Carpenter. Maybe he'll let me sit in for a

set!?!? In all seriousness... please make the time to listen to the entire album without

interuption at least once. I can't stress this point enough.

Thank you Minstrel's Ghost for sharing your music and heart with us. Please do create more

beautiful compostions for us all to enjoy.

Thank you to all readers of this review for your interest in my opinion.

Scott Brownstone | 5/5 |


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