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Blackmore's Night - The Village Lanterne

Track Listing
1. 25 Years
2. Olde Village Lanterne
3. I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore
4. The Messenger
5. World Of Stone
6. Faerie Queen
7. St. Teresa
8. Village Dance
9. Mond Tanz / Child In Time
10. Streets Of London
11. Just Call My Name (I'll Be There)
12. Olde Mill Inn
13. Windmills
14. Street Of Dreams
15. Once In A Garden
16. Street Of Dreams
Composed of former Deep Purple / Rainbow guitartist Ritchie Blackmore and lead vocalist Candice Night, Blackmore's Night is a celtic duo of classical sounding instrumentation and laid back melodies. Following his days of being a hard rock guitartist Ritchie came back to the medieval sounding music he had developed a love for when putting in to mind the sound he wanted in Blackmore's Night.

The sound you get from Blackmore's Night newest release "The Village Lanterne" is cited by Blackmore as being ""renaissance rock with a lot of folk and balladesque influences". I would agree. The songs, while similar in lyrical content, are infused with rich instrumentation and virtuoso guitar parts that celtic music is most widely known for.

Songs like "Faerie Queen" take you to a magical place full of relaxing melodies whereas more upbeat songs like "25 Years" are more instrumentally reflective. Altogether the celtic instrumentation couples nicely with the vocals. You won't find anything here reflective of Deep Purple or Rainbow's days of rock but you do get well played music performed by two highly talented contemporary musicians.

Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night have developed a sound that is all their own. There is not a shock and wow value to "The Village Lanterne" but nor does it purposefully intend to create one. It takes you on a celtic journey that leaves the listener firmly planted in folk music. Fans of Jethro Tull or Inkubus Sukkubus may be pleasantly surprised by the similar originations in sound and will most certainly agree that it serves its purpose well amongst its genre.



--Heather O'Brien 04.20.06








Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Secret VoyageBlackmore's Night
2008
Raising Iron8/8/2008
The Village LanterneBlackmore's Night
2006
Heather O'Brien4/21/2006


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