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SACRAMENT

White Willow

 

Symphonic Prog

3.88 | 153 ratings

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toilet_doctor
5 stars Prog Treasure.

This is review of 2014 Remastered Expanded Edition, that came in gorgeous 3 panels Digipack with small booklet in the trunk, tastefully done mostly in classy black and white style. (Black spine will protect the cover from the sunlight - nice touch.) I've been waiting for 14 years for this remaster and it was totally worth it. It sounds great in my hi-end system, smooth and warm. Bottom end finally opened up, reviling prominent bass line. Such a good remastering job should be used for future High Resolution release. Sacrament deserved it.

I have all of White Willow albums, but Sacrament is my favorite. I am not fan of folk, to be honest. However, unlike Prog Folk bands, who use folk music in their compositions as is, WW used stylization of it, smoothly blended into Symphonic Prog, like master-painters use stylization of floral for their paintings. Result is amazing: solid Symphonic Prog with light folk flavor and small nod of traditional Scandinavian prog melancholy. Add to it excellent Sylvia's vocal and inspirational playing.

Sacrament is and always will be Golden Fund of female fronted Symphonic Prog, standing next, in prog history, to Renaissance's Turns of the Card and Scheherazade albums. I don't like loud phrases myself, but it is - what it is: Timeless Masterpiece of Progressive Rock.

I'd like to thank everyone, who took part in this Remastered Edition. 5 Brightest Nordic Stars.

toilet_doctor | 5/5 |

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