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Village Lanterne - Blackmore's Night

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Blackmore's Night / Import / Audio CD released at Steamhammer

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      22.02.2008 13:23
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      Blackmore's Night's fifth album (2006).

      Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night have settled into a familiar style with Blackmore's Night, but it could be worse. Their Renaissance-inspired folk is admittedly less than inspired, which writes off about half of the album to sheer mediocrity, but 'The Village Lanterne' fortunately follows suit in upping the ante of less ancient, seventies-style folk rock that makes the rest of the album bearable and even greatly entertaining on occasion.

      Opener '25 Years' tries to cram in as much as it can, even juxtaposing violin and synthesised fanfare in a way that doesn't really work but is fun nonetheless, and Blackmore's electric lead guitar melodies and solos carry over into 'I Guess it Doesn't Matter Anymore,' the faster 'St. Teresa,' the Deep Purple worship of 'Mond Tanz/Child in Time' and 'Just Call My Name (I'll Be There),' making these the most rewarding songs to rock fans, which it's reasonable to assume will be a significant proportion of this band's fan base - those that arrived from Deep Purple rather than Mostly Autumn.

      The most disappointing trend to be revived here is the inclusion of yet another pointless cover song. In what seems like an attempt to top their earlier 'Greensleeves' as least necessary cover song in the world, here Ralph McTell's busker favourite 'Streets of London' is reproduced exactly the same as the original, but with a woman singing. This reliance on older material is one of the most irritating things about Blackmore's Night, but even sensing its return here, I was unprepared for what was to follow later that year...

      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

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 25 Years
      2 Village Lanterne
      3 I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore
      4 Messenger [Instrumental]
      5 World of Stone
      6 Faerie Queen-Faerie Dance
      7 St. Teresa
      8 Village Dance [Instrumental]
      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 Call It Love
      16 Street of Dreams - Blackmore's Night, Joe Lynn Turner
      17 All Because of You [Radio Edit]