Header

THE OTHER WOMAN

Renaissance

Symphonic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Renaissance The Other Woman album cover
2.03 | 48 ratings | 7 reviews | 2% 5 stars

Collectors/fans only


Write a review
Buy RENAISSANCE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Deja vu (4:46)
2. Love lies, love dies (5:00)
3. Don't talk (3:55)
4. The other woman (5:20)
5. Lock in on love (4:55)
6. Northern lights (4:23)
7. So blase (4:48)
8. Quicksilver (4:28)
9. May you be blessed (1:56)
10. Somewhere west of here (6:11)

Total Time: 45:42

Lyrics

Search RENAISSANCE The Other Woman lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search RENAISSANCE The Other Woman tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Stephanie Adlington / lead and backing vocals
- Phil Mulford / bass
- Dave Dowle / drums
- Stuart Bradbury / electric & classical guitars
- Michael Dunford / acoustic guitar
- Rory Wilson / electric guitar (8)
- Andy Spillar / keyboards, programming

Releases information

CD Phantom Sound & Visi
CD HTD CD27 (1995)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

RENAISSANCE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy RENAISSANCE The Other Woman Music


Symphony of LightSymphony of Light
Red River Entertaint 2014
Audio CD$7.82
$8.00 (used)
Scheherazade & Other StoriesScheherazade & Other Stories
Hybrid SACD - DSD
Audio Fidelity 2014
Audio CD$14.99
$14.95 (used)
Ashes Are BurningAshes Are Burning
Import
Repertoire 1995
Audio CD$6.37
$8.56 (used)
Turn of the CardsTurn of the Cards
Import
Repertoire 1994
Audio CD$7.25
$8.56 (used)
Renaissance Live In Concert Tour 2011Renaissance Live In Concert Tour 2011
Box set
MRI 2012
DVD Audio$11.94
$21.98 (used)
Song for All SeasonsSong for All Seasons
Import
Sire Records 1999
Audio CD$4.66
$3.77 (used)
TuscanyTuscany
Import
REPERTOIRE 2011
Audio CD$7.28
$5.99 (used)
In the Land of the Rising SunIn the Land of the Rising Sun
Import
REPERTOIRE 2011
Audio CD$7.41
$9.51 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Time Life cd Classic Rock Rock Renaissance III US $6.50 Buy It Now 34m 22s
Kimmaster - Renaissance [CD New] US $27.63 Buy It Now 36m 31s
RENAISSANCE RECORDS 4 ALBUM VINTAGE LOT US $19.00 Buy It Now 41m 38s
Hans Christian: Light & Spirit (CD, New Earth, AM) Renaissance Music US $1.85 Buy It Now 46m 50s
THYS VAN LEER - RENAISSANCE LP US $14.59 Buy It Now 1h
Renaissance "Turn of the Cards" LP in Stereo US $3.47 Buy It Now 1h
RENAISSANCE RENAISSANCE (PINK) LP 1969 WITH PINK LABEL AND G/FOLD COVER (RECORD US $68.18 Buy It Now 1h 27m
Moyen Age & Renaissance by Hesperion XX cd used US $3.00 [0 bids]
1h 49m
Renaissance: Revelation by Nick Warren used cd US $3.00 [0 bids]
1h 49m
MILLER,MARCUS-RENAISSANCE CD NEW US $16.38 Buy It Now 1h 54m
VANILLA FUDGE RENAISSANCE LP RE-ISSUE UK US $16.23 Buy It Now 2h 6m
RENAISSANCE A Song For All Seasons LP WITH POSTER Lovely copy !! US $21.10 Buy It Now 2h 10m
RENAISSANCE AZURE D'OR LP WITH INNER 1979 UK US $19.48 Buy It Now 2h 14m
RCA VICTROLA Moderne Susato Phalese "Dance Music of Renaissance" VICS-1328 US $9.00 Buy It Now 2h 15m
Waverly Consort, The ?- Renaissance Favorites/CBS ?IM 37845/EX to NM US Vinyl US $5.00 [0 bids]
2h 15m
RENAISSANCE A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS LP WITH INNER SLEEVE AND COLOUR POSTER UK US $22.73 Buy It Now 2h 15m
Renaissance - British Tour 76 (NEW CD) US $19.87 Buy It Now 2h 16m
NEW YORK PRO MUSICA GREENBERG renaissance festival music LP Mint- DL 79419 US $19.50 Buy It Now 2h 18m
Renaissance of Venetian Baroque - Vivaldiana Accademia New & Sealed Compact Disc US $33.22 Buy It Now 2h 19m
RENAISSANCE NOVELLA LP G/FOLD COVER 1977 USA US $22.73 Buy It Now 2h 24m
Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes Renaissance US $7.99 [0 bids]
2h 39m
Early Music: From Ancient Times to the Renaissance (CD, Oct-2010, Harmonia Mundi US $129.99 Buy It Now 2h 46m
VILLAGE PEOPLE - Renaissance - Excellent Con LP Record US $14.59 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Luzon The Baguio Track 12" Renaissance 2001 US $17.84 Buy It Now 3h 4m
LIONEL RICHIE Renaissance CD 2000 R&B Commodores US $3.99 Buy It Now 3h 9m
JIMMY WITHERSPOON MULLIGAN at the Renaissance 1959 HIFI Vinyl LP VG++ US $18.98 Buy It Now 3h 13m
Renaissance Pres. Hernan Cattaneo Sequential Vol.1 VERY RARE 2CD House / Prog US $16.22 Buy It Now 3h 19m
Renaissance 3D Mixed by Tom Middleton 3CD Deep / Tech / House CDs VERY RARE US $12.97 Buy It Now 3h 19m
RENAISSANCE - Scheherazade & Other Stories (Repertoire #REP 4490-WY - Germany) US $14.99 [0 bids]
3h 26m
RENAISSANCE - Turn Of The Cards (Repertoire #REP 4491-WY - Germany, 1994) - IMP US $14.99 [0 bids]
3h 27m
JEAN PAUL KREDER ENSEMBLE chants de la renaissance de claude lejeune LP VG+ H US $5.20 Buy It Now 3h 28m
RENAISSANCE - Illusion (Repertoire #REP 4513-WY - Germany, 1995) - IMP CD US $14.99 [0 bids]
3h 29m
BLOOD FEAST Face Fate EP 1987 LP RARE ORIG new renaissance NRR35 N MINT VINYL US $31.00 [10 bids]
3h 30m
Village People ?- Renaissance LP Vinyl AFL1-4105 US $4.99 Buy It Now 3h 33m
William Ellwood ?- Renaissance LP Vinyl N61015 US $8.99 Buy It Now 3h 33m
Renaissance Revelers - Renaissance Romance [CD New] US $13.15 Buy It Now 3h 33m
, Audio CD, Renaissance Music: from the Courts of Mantua and Ferrara [Circa 1500 US $10.98 Buy It Now 3h 37m
Renaissance Scheherazade 1975 Sire Records Vinyl - VG++ US $12.99 [0 bids]
3h 39m
Renaissance Live 2 LP Set 1976 Sire Records Demo LP Vinyl VG+++ with Bonus LP US $24.99 [0 bids]
US $34.99 Buy It Now
3h 39m
David Munrow Renaissance Suite. cassette soundtrack of "La Course en Tete" 1978 US $3.99 [0 bids]
US $5.49 Buy It Now
3h 45m
THE BYRDS my back pages / renaissance fair NEW 45 US $24.00 Buy It Now 3h 54m
PIERRE CL,REAU - CHANSONS DE LA RENAISSANCE: FRANCE, ESPAGNE - NEW CD US $31.87 Buy It Now 4h
Treasures Of The Spanish Renaissance - Hyperion A66168 - Hill / Guerrero / Lobo US $24.35 Buy It Now 4h 8m
Renaissance - Senfl Daser Heinrich Isaac Lasso LP MONO US $29.99 Buy It Now 4h 8m
RENAISSANCE SAME SELF / JAPAN US $99.99 Buy It Now 4h 10m
? Village People - Renaissance (RCA AFL1-4105) (with "Fireman") (Sealed) US $14.99 Buy It Now 4h 27m
Waverly Consort Renaissance Favorites LP CBS IM 37845 1985 Vinyl US $8.99 Buy It Now 4h 29m
Susato / Phalese Dances Of The Renaissance LP World Record R 02801 Vinyl US $6.99 Buy It Now 4h 29m
Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 2 by Renaissance US $3.99 Buy It Now 4h 46m
Anthology by Stella Parton (CD,1998, Renaissance First press (USA)) US $5.99 [1 bids]
4h 53m
Tamplin: In The Witness Box CD 1995 Renaissance / Benson 84418-4095-2 Original US $9.95 Buy It Now 4h 57m
CHORAL MASTERPIECES OF THE EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE - NEW CD US $41.78 Buy It Now 5h 8m
SYNERGY QUINTET Masterworks for Brass from the Renaissance and Baroque (2004) US $29.99 Buy It Now 5h 14m
Renaissance - Renaissaince (NEW CD) US $15.81 Buy It Now 5h 14m
Renaissance - Turn Of The Card (NEW CD) US $13.38 Buy It Now 5h 21m
Rock NM! 45 RENAISSANCE Northern Lights on Sire US $5.00 Buy It Now 5h 29m
Renaissance - Scheherazade and & Other Stories (NEW CD) US $15.81 Buy It Now 5h 40m
Sebastian de Vivanco - The Renaissance Choir - Calcraft . Alpha lp US $19.99 Buy It Now 5h 40m
Various Artists - Italian Renaissance (2CD 2002) US $8.10 Buy It Now 5h 47m
Golden Virgins Renaissance Kid b/w Tricks are for kida 7" Vinyl NEW US $1.61 [0 bids]
5h 48m
Renaissance S/T Renaissance Island ORL 19114 1969 US $35.19 Buy It Now 5h 51m
ROCK RENAISSANCE III - TIME-LIFE CASSETTE - 22-SONGS US $6.95 Buy It Now 6h 6m
Renaissance - Turn Of The Cards (NEW CD) US $15.81 Buy It Now 6h 6m
Renaissance - Live At The Carnegie Hall (NEW CD) US $15.81 Buy It Now 6h 7m
RAY CHARLES Renaissance SAIL AWAY Green Crossover MINT US $19.99 Buy It Now 6h 7m
TV 37071S German & English Music Of The Late Renaissance For Brass Eastman Qntet US $12.97 Buy It Now 6h 8m
Medieval and Renaissance Christmas Music, New Music US $8.83 Buy It Now 6h 11m
RENAISSANCE *Scheherazade* Canada LP NM- Original with Inner Sleeve US $9.99 [0 bids]
6h 14m
RENAISSANCE *Ashes Are Burning* U.S. VG+/NM- Original + Inner Sleeve 'Sovereign' US $9.99 [0 bids]
6h 29m
A RENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS THE BOSTON CAMERATA JOEL COHEN DIRECTOR MUSIC CASSETTE US $2.99 Buy It Now 6h 33m
Necrophagia Season of the Dead vinyl LP OG New Renaissance w' Insert US $34.95 Buy It Now 6h 36m
RENAISSANCE?/?Tuscany ?JAPAN SHM-CD Mini-LP w/OBI BELLE-101739?Annie Haslam US $42.50 Buy It Now 6h 46m
New Era by Revolution Renaissance (CD, 2008, Blistering Records) Stratovarius US $3.99 [0 bids]
6h 50m
The Renaissance by Q TIP JAPAN CD OBI G641 US $5.99 [0 bids]
7h 11m
Robert Carver: Mass Dum sacrum mysterium; 2 Motets. Scottish Renaissance CD 1991 US $12.42 [0 bids]
7h 12m
PSYCHEDELIC ROCK/ Vanilla Fudge - Renaissance (LP) US $9.99 [0 bids]
7h 12m
Branford Marsalis: Renaissance A1/B1 EX+ LP US $13.86 Buy It Now 7h 27m
CD: L.A. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Dances from Renaissance to Nutcracker US $7.99 [0 bids]
7h 32m
TIME LIFE CD ROCK RENAISSANCE III TROGGS SEEDS BYRDS SONICS NAZZ BLIND FAITH US $3.00 [0 bids]
7h 46m
Various Artists - Sound of Renaissance (2 CD 2001) BOXSET - 26 TRACKS - FASTPOST US $14.64 Buy It Now 7h 59m
Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 3 LPs US $8.95 Buy It Now 8h 2m
THE CELEBRATED RENAISSANCE BAND ~ Vibration 2.2 ~psych/folk 45 LION (Hear It) $ US $20.00 Buy It Now 8h 14m
O Lusty May: Renaissance Songs of Spring (CD, Apr-2000, Dorian) US $7.99 Buy It Now 8h 27m
Vintage Vinyl LP Record 1979 RENAISSANCE Azure Dor, SRK 6068, Prog Rock, USA US $4.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
Vintage Vinyl LP Record 1977 RENAISSANCE Novella, SA-7526, Prog Rock, US Press US $4.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
Connie Scott - ...A Renaissance (CD, 1997, Image 7 Music, Inc., Canada) RARE US $19.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
RENAISSANCE PROLOGUE JAPAN LIMITED MINI LP CD SHM NEW TOCP-95065 US $42.99 Buy It Now 8h 40m
BETRAYAL - RENAISSANCE BY DEATH CASSETTE US $1.43 [0 bids]
US $1.93 Buy It Now
8h 54m
Victoria De Los Angeles 'Five Centuries of Spanish Song' Gothic Renaissance MINT US $7.95 Buy It Now 8h 55m
Victoria De Los Angeles 'Five Centuries of Spanish Song' Gothic Renaissance MINT US $7.95 Buy It Now 8h 55m
JOHANNES OCKEGHEM - RENAISSANCE MASTERPIECES: OCKEGHEM; JOSQUIN; - NEW CD US $6.64 Buy It Now 9h
Lot of 10 Renaissance Secular music LPs. US $29.95 Buy It Now 9h 3m
Lot of 10 Renaissance Sacred Music LPs. US $29.95 Buy It Now 9h 24m
RENAISSANCE Novella English Prog Rock New Sealed Gatefold Sire LP 7526 1977 US $9.99 [0 bids]
9h 29m
Renaissance - Scheherazade & Other Stories lp album 1975 VG+ / VG US $3.99 Buy It Now 9h 35m
Turn of the Cards, Renaissance, New Import US $13.13 Buy It Now 9h 42m
VARIOUS Renaissance Vocal Music LP H 1097 Vinyl Record - VG+ US $2.99 [0 bids]
US $4.99 Buy It Now
9h 50m
CHERRY VANILLA Bad Girl/Venus d'Vinyl (CD, Sep-2008, Renaissance Records... US $2.99 [0 bids]
9h 52m
Lot of 9 English Medieval and Renaissance Sacred Music LPs US $28.95 Buy It Now 9h 58m
Renaissance Novella SA7526 R VG C VG-EX (LP-7655) US $5.49 Buy It Now 10h

More places to buy RENAISSANCE music online Buy RENAISSANCE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for RENAISSANCE DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

RENAISSANCE The Other Woman ratings distribution


2.03
(48 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(2%)
2%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(4%)
4%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
21%
Collectors/fans only (48%)
48%
Poor. Only for completionists (25%)
25%

RENAISSANCE The Other Woman reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Blacksword
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars I'm no expert on Renaissance, but I'm guessing this album may be a square peg in a round hole as far as their catalogue goes. I bought it sometime ago on the strength of the wonderful 'Northern lights' an uplifting song with touching lyrics. Betty Thatcher sings and although she has a good voice, the overal package of 'The other woman' is a gloomy collection of drippy, dreary love songs about rejection. The whole thing is tediously self indulgent and sounds like Kate Bush may have done had she undergone an imagination and creativity bypass. Thankfully KB didn't! On a positive note, the playing and production are of a high standard but I cant listern to this without yawning myself into a stuper. 'Northern lights' is the saving grace of this album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Blacksword (BETA) | Report this review (#20158) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, August 19, 2004

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Annie Haslam, wherefore art thou?!

"The other woman" isn't a bad album, but since Stephanie Adlington is the other woman and she doesn't sound like Annie Haslam, this doesn't sound like a Renaissance album.

This version of Renaissance, or to give them their full title Michael Dunford's Renaissance, bears little resemblance to the band which recorded the classic symphonic prog albums of the 70's. Dunford himself is quoted as saying that the album turned out to be more rock than he anticipated. Consequently for their next album, "Ocean gypsy", he reverted to acoustic versions of Renaissance "standards".

Back to "The other woman" though. and In truth it is more pop rock than rock, let alone prog. It is perhaps unfair to compare any vocalist with the five octave talents of Annie Haslam, but this album does invite such comparisons. Apart from the apparent reference in the title to the change of singer, there are two tracks here which Haslam has also sung. "Love lies, love dies" was one of the standout tracks on her solo album "Blessing in disguise", and "Northern lights", probably Renaissance best know song.

It must be said that Adlington is unquestionably a fine singer. Dunford came across her at recording sessions for a musical featuring lyrics by long term Renaissance lyricist Betty Thatcher-Newsinger. Her voice is very stage show orientated, being powerful and rich, but it is not necessarily suited to rock music. "Northern lights" was the first song she recorded with Dunsford. The version here is slightly faster than the "Song for all seasons" original. Most of the tracks on "The other woman" are prosaic female vocal songs, ranging from the pure pop of Polly Brown and Pickettywitch, to the multi-tracked harmonies of Abba, and occasionally of Sonja Kristina (Curved Air). The opening "Déjà vu" for example is light pop with little to distinguish it, save perhaps the decent guitar break. Instrumentally the album also falls short, with too much dominance being given to the rather poor keyboard sounds which have a distinctly home made feel.

The album has a number of softer pop ballads, but even here there is a lack of originality and a sameness to them; they are pleasant enough but far from memorable.

In all, a disappointing collection of anonymous songs with nothing to set them apart in a saturated market. A Renaissance album in name only.

Footnote - When this album was originally listed on this site, Betty Thatcher-Newsinger was listed as Betty Thatcher - New Singer. (As opposed to Annie Haslam - Old Singer!).

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Easy Livin (BETA) | Report this review (#61299) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, December 22, 2005

Review by Joolz
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars The Other Woman is Renaissance in name only, the connection being Michael Dunford, longtime songwriter, arranger and acoustic guitarist, and lyricist Betty Thatcher [now called Newsinger]. All music is written by Dunford/Thatcher-Newsinger, and Dunford plays acoustic guitar on some tracks but otherwise plays a background role like he did in the early 1970s. All other musical roles are taken by Renaissance newcomers, including American singer Stephanie Adlington who boldly faced the sceptics who believed that 'Renaissance Is Annie Haslam'. Well, given the music bears little relation to the classic Renaissance cocktail of orchestrated melodic mini-epics, the absence of Ms Haslam is not really an issue. Indeed, by all accounts Adlington does a very good job.

Her material is hardly the stuff to get Haslam or Prog fans overly excited though, as it mostly veers between the diva country of schmaltzy soft-rock crooning and harder edged classic rock, sometimes with slightly more adventurous twists. None is particularly complex or original, and so Prog fans shouldn't worry about missing out on a lost gem, but otherwise it is rather good in places if you can get past the implications and history of the name.

The harder rock tracks work best. These include energetic opener Deja Vue, the excellent Don't Talk with its strange vocal twists and guitar solo, and Somewhere West Of Here which begins as an ordinary song before changing tack with a very good instrumental coda, finishing off with a musical quote of Northern Lights. Of the others, So Blasé is interesting for its strangeness, Quicksilver is a friendly rock song but nothing special, Love Lies Love Dies, May You Be Blessed and Lock In On Love are tedious slow love songs, and title track The Other Woman is poor in all respects. Which leaves old favourite The Northern Lights - Stephanie struggles to cope with Annie's phrasing but otherwise it's quite a successful rendition.

Something of a 'curate's egg' then - good in parts! Only the excellent Somewhere West Of Here comes close to Prog Related, but it and Don't Talk are clear stand-outs in an otherwise average set of AOR numbers.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Joolz (BETA) | Report this review (#97612) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Review by Tarcisio Moura
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Interesting release, as long as you are not expecting anything like their classics, as I actually did. Stphanie Adlington is a trmendous singer that does not try to emulate Annie Haslam, which is quite wise. In fact, she has her very own style and is capable of handling all the early Renaissance songs (hear the acoustic Ocean Gypsy live album and see for yourself).

The album is surely very different and has little resemblense of what Renaissance did in the seventies, except for the last song. Fortunatly it does not try to bring any memories of their 80`s stuff either. Maybe if they chose another name for this band critics and fans would not be that harsh. Most of the record is very good, and the title track is really a great song. I am a big classic Renaisance fan, but I found no trouble listening to this album from start to finish. At least it is no Camera Camera or Timeline.

Good CD, but I can only recommended it to people with open mind and want to know the beautiful voice of Stephanie Ardlington. If you[re looking for the old fashioned Renaissance, go somewhere else.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Tarcisio Moura (BETA) | Report this review (#135449) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, August 30, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars IMO, this is the third non-Renaissance album in a row. "Camera Camera" showed already some signs of differentiation with their classic sound and the disgusting "Time Line" was their worst effort so far (twelve years prior to this "Other Woman").

Even if Annie Haslam didn't participate very much (to say the least) in the "Renaissance" song writing nor even in the lyrics, she was the one that incarnates the band. But this is only my personal feeling. The voice, the heart and soul. Her famous timber was one of the most recognizable of their so special music.

What is available on this album is of the caliber (?) of "Time Line" but with another female vocalist. Not that Stephanie Adlington has a bad voice, not at all but the lack of inspiration, the poor compositions (starting with the disco-ish "Déjà Vu") are just not what one can expect from a "Renaissance" album. But this isn't, I have already mentioned it.

Actually, the only good point of a song as "Love Lies" IS the vocal part. But this mellowish ballad doesn't really shine. And the other songs are just a collection of some popish ("Quicksilver") or syrupy ballads ("The Other Woman", "Lock In On Love", "So Blas", "May you Be Blessed").

There is even a reprise of an old "Renaissance" song (their only hit single) : "Northern Lights" from the album "A Song for All Seasons". But I couldn't be thrilled by the original and this version is no better.

The only acceptable song I can find is "Somewhere West Of Here" (the closing number). Almost like a true "Renaissance song, would you believe! This still shows that there was a opportunity to release a good effort if only more songs like this one were available.

Surprisingly enough, there are some good guitar breaks during two songs ("Déjà Vu", "Don't Talk") but these can't help a one star rating. Best avoided of course.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#167208) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
3 stars Nearly a decade after the last remnants of Renaissance Mk II (or III, depending on who's counting) packed it in guitarist Michael Dunford finally realized his goal of transforming the band's 1975 Scheherazade suite into a musical, culminating in a series of live performances at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The performances were supported by students of the Academy, including a young American vocalist by the name of Stephanie Adlington. Dunford was so taken by Adlington's vocal talent he enlisted her to perform as part of his 'Michael Dunford's Renaissance' lineup and record what became 'The Other Woman', released in 1994 in the UK and later in the U.S., Scandinavia and elsewhere.

While this is certainly not the same sort of classical-folk music Renaissance created during their glory years, the songs here are considerably more artistically and sonically appealing than the last couple of eighties studio albums from the band. Dunford is the only proper Renaissance member appearing here, augmented by former Whitesnake drummer Dave Dowle, bassist Phil Mulford, classical guitarist Stuart Bradbury and keyboardist Andy Spillar. Former Broken Home guitarist Rory Erickson also appears on one track while Adlington provides all the lead and backing vocals.

Ms. Adlington may not have the vocal range of Annie Haslam but she certainly acquits herself quite well on these songs with a voice that is rich, emotive, at times seductive, and with a range that is impressive in its own right. On a few songs Adlington reveals her American phrasing and timing, coming off as a slightly more sophisticated version of the Motels' Martha Davis on songs like the soft-rocking "Quicksilver" and the funky "Don't Talk". Elsewhere she shifts into adult contemporary mode, especially on the sometimes jazzy "Somewhere West of Here" and the gorgeous opening track "Déjà vu". The title track is a delightful soft pop number that recalls some of the more mature and restrained Kate Bush works.

While the album is consistently competent and well-produced there are few standout tracks, especially for hardcore Renaissance fans (most of whom probably scorned Adlington as the 'other woman' years ago). Two that are worth at least a listen are her version of the Renaissance classic hit "Northern Lights" and "Love Lies, Love Dies", a Dunford composition that Haslam would record herself on a solo album. In both cases the urge to compare the two singers is hard to resist but with "Northern Lights" I have to say Adlington holds her own on a song that never did test Haslam's range, and frankly she makes "Love Lies, Love Dies" her own with a throaty and playful performance that plays off the piano and synth keyboards beautifully.

Like I said this is not really a Renaissance album, but given the peculiarities of trademark law and recording artist contracts Dunford was able to put the brand name on the cover anyway, so whether fans accept the interloper Adlington or not this one shows up today in pretty much every discography listing of the band. I wouldn't call it progressive or folk by any means, but the musicianship is very good and Dunford shows a keen ear for vocal talent both in his decision to cast Adlington and in writing songs that are well-suited to her singing ability. The result is a solid if unremarkable album, and one that I don't regret shelling out a few bucks for. Three stars is a fair rating, and I wouldn't have any problem recommending 'The Other Woman' to anyone who grew up in the nineties and was interested in what a few aging prog rockers could do with a young chanteuse and a few weeks of studio time. This one is worth picking up in my opinion.

peace

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to ClemofNazareth (BETA) | Report this review (#523562) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
1 stars The other Renaissance

This version of Renaissance is very different from the one that released Time-Line in 1983 with Michael Dunford being the only surviving member from that previous album still present here. This means that the distinctive voice of Annie Haslam has been replaced by the more anonymous, but competent, Stephanie Adlington, hence the title of the album. Even though it was released in 1995, The Other Woman has a distinct 80's sound and is therefore continuous with the previous albums from the 80's despite the radical personnel changes. Of course, Renaissance had been through such a radical change once before, in the early 70's.

The music here is oriented towards Pop Rock with only very slight symphonic, folky, and progressive touches here and there. The melodies are decent, but not memorable. There is a re-make of an earlier classic Renaissance song in Northern Lights. It is rather good, but unnecessary. The weakest link of this album is the lyrics which are standard love songs for the most part. Overall, the album is by no means awful, but it lacks important ingredients. There are some ok moments, but also some cringe worthy ones. For me, the often hated Time-Line is a better album.

The Other Woman is one of Renaissance's least interesting albums and as such is primarily for completionists

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to SouthSideoftheSky (BETA) | Report this review (#944930) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of RENAISSANCE "The Other Woman"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.48 seconds