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Blackmore's Night


Prog Folk

2.67 | 51 ratings

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1 stars Oh, how the mighty have fallen

Their latest studio effort to date, is one of the lowest points in the long career of the group. As if it wasn't enough with their previous cover of Wish You Were Here by Rednex (a very silly Swedish novelty group who puts Eurotechno beats to folky tunes and were very popular in the high school discos when I was in my early teens!), this album includes a further two covers of very questionable Swedish Pop acts. The album opens with one of these, a cover of a hit song by the Pop group One More Time (who more than once participated in the Eurovision song contest, competing for Sweden)! The other one is Journeyman, originally "Vandraren", by Nordman, another Swedish Folk Pop artist who had a big hit with this song sometime in the 90's. Non-Swedes who haven't heard the original versions on the radio might not appreciate the magnitude of the embarrassment involved in these choices of covers, but for me this is simply unbearable. I want to hide my face in my hands when hearing these commercial ditties performed by the great Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame.

The rest of Autumn Sky is not embarrassingly bad, but it is very predictable and at times dull. It offers nothing new over and above what they already gave us on their previous handful of albums, just more of the same. The Rock side of the band is almost completely extinguished here and the brief and discrete electric guitar solos are few and far between. Like most earlier efforts, Autumn Sky is filled of overproduced and streamlined Folk Pop and unexciting acoustic ballads. The result is glossy and void of substance.

By all means, avoid!

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |


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