Genre: Rock tainted Folk
Metal Traveller Rating: (4,5/5 - Already a classic)
3 years after Autumn Sky, Ritchie and Candice are back with a new Blackmore's Night album, named Dancer And The Moon.
They have once again succeeded in mixing their influences from Folk, Medieval, Renaissance and Rock music in one outstanding and mostly acoustic record.
The record is very diverse. Candice, Ritchie and their fellow troubadours manage to adapt their style to all every other music styles explored on the record.
Medieval songs made Blackmore's Night famous in their early days, and they still play an important role in their style. Songs like The Last Leaf, The Spinner’s Tale and especially Minstrels In The Hall have definitely a Medieval taste.
But Blackmore’s Night has enjoyed great success in Russia, so they have finally decided to implement some Russian Folk into their repertoire. The result is a really nice song with an eastern flavor named Troika. This song will make you want to dance, and if the party started, you certainly want to continue with the title track Dancer And The Moon!
And what about Rock? Ritchie Blackmore is considered one of the best guitar players of all time, and it's his neoclassical touch on the electric guitar has made a living legend of him. Don't worry, he still has a rocker soul, and you can hear some electric guitar solos. Blackmore’s Night has recorded personal versions of Randy Newman’s I Think It's Going to Rain Today and Uriah Heep's Lady In Black. The Temple Of The King by Rainbow has also been revisited, so we’ll have a moment to remember the late Ronnie James Dio.
The last song of this record is reminiscent of Deep Purple, and is called Carry On... Jon. This is Ritchie Blackmore's emotive tribute to his former bandmate, the late Jon Lord.
Finally, the moon is again a major inspiration for their band. It's not only on the title of the record, but also on the title of a couple of songs. Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining) and The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea) are part of a creative experiment to demonstrate that the same song can sound totally different if rearranged properly. Everything depends on perspective. Pick your choice.
Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night continue to enrich both, Rock Music with folk elements and Folk Music with rock elements.
Dancer Of The Moon will please any open minded music lover, from Folk enthusiasts to Deep Purple fans. I can say that this album is “complete”, as it’s a good summary from several music styles, all put together to create something unique.
Ritchie and Candice have nothing to prove. They just have fun playing the music they want to. Not every artist has this freedom, but those who have it, are moved by the love of art.
Blackmore's Night Line-up:
Ritchie Blackmore – Acoustic And Electric Guitars, Nickelharpe, Mandola, Hurdy Gurdy, Tambourine
Candice Night – Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, All Renaissance And Medieval Woodwinds
Bard David Of Larchmont – Keyboards
Lady Kelly Dewinter – Harmony Vocals, French Horn
Earl Grey Of Chimay – Bass And Rhythm Guitar
The Scarlet Fiddler – Violin
Troubador Of Aberdeen – Percussion
01. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
03. The Last Leaf
04. Lady In Black
05. Minstrels In The Hall
06. Temple Of The King
07. Dancer And The Moon
09. The Ashgrove
10. Somewhere Over the Sea (The Moon is Shining)
11. The Moon is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea)
12. The Spinner's Tale
13. Carry On... Jon