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UNDER A VIOLET MOON

Blackmore's Night

 

Prog Folk

2.65 | 73 ratings

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Menswear
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3 stars Tally-Ho!

If you can pinpoint one flaw to this record (and why not the band entirely) is the 1) the need of more of Blackmood's instrumentals and 2) the place that Mrs. Blackmood is given. One too few, the other too often. Too bad but it feels like Ritchie's not the pilot on this plane anymore. Maybe the charm of the co- pilot is too irresistible for him, but the feel is a bit tackier on this album.

While Shadow of the Moon had it's share of marshmallow, this one is surpassing the latter with cornier lyrics, digital instruments (plastic keyboards and programming) and a general malaise, a higher need to justify yourself in front of your friends why you bought this.

Still there's some many moments to savour like the ear-worm title song and Pass Time With Good Company (far from your mocking friends) and all the instrumentals but a 'relaxation music' factor much higher. Not enough moustache, too much blonde hair. Nonetheless, this band is filling a crucial spot in your collection with a gentler mood and some old fashioned values that lack so much in our generation.

Smells like strawberries but should smell more like roasted meat.

Menswear | 3/5 |

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