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White Willow


Symphonic Prog

3.26 | 97 ratings

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3 stars 3,5 stars really!

WW's second album is their most quiet and mellow one and at least in parts with fewer elements of medieval folk. Instrumentation is less extensive than on their debut and mainly acoustic with many vocal parts, fortunately mainly by the female vocalists who sound much better than Jan Tariq Rahman on the first two songs.

First highlight is the song Soteriology, a very melancholic, almost pastoral one, starting with acoustic guitar and piano followed by organ sound accompanied by Sylvia Erichsen's beautiful voice. Helen and Simon Magus starts very mellow again, then one of the few electric guitar parts of the album and another mellow part with spoken words. Last track A Dance of Shadows is the longest track in mainly very sluggish tempo with powerful mellotron sound, another part with electric guitar, Sylvia Erichsen's wonderful vocals and a quite surprising fading out at the end.

As a SUMMARY I have to say that though Ex Tenebris is their least spectacular album, it's still a very good one. Best songs I think are "Soteriology", "Helen and Simon Magus" and "A Dance of Shadows". If vocals would be provided throughout by the two girls, it would probably be worth of 4 stars. Anyway I'd add half star extra if possible and recommend it to those fellows whoare more into melancholic and sluggish type of music.

hdfisch | 3/5 |


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