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
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