Most the songs are painfully simple, and a trained ear can spot how second hand the whole damn record feels, as if they aren't even trying to blow people away. It's the dangerous air of contentment that has destroyed many a prolific artist who would rather release their music than bide their time, waiting for inspiration to come. The Village Lanterne is easily interchangeable with anything else they've ever done, and even if it's pretty, even gorgeous on rare occasion, and unarguably well performed, it's still completely inessential.
When I listen to it, I'm left barely able to recall a few segments of music, and not even whole songs. Sometimes it really rocks, like in "St. Teresa, arguably the hardest and most energetic track, even housing a stellar guitar solo fest, but all of them have, here and there.
Like with most of their efforts you'll find folk re-imaginings of their old material, or old material from others. There's also the Rainbow radio hit "Street Of Dreams" closing the ordeal. While I never much cared for that band after Dio left, and the track screamed commercial orientation, I like this version.
In fact, I prefer it. Still, I don't see why you'd need this album if you've already bought the last four Blackmore's Night releases who? Get it if you just HAVE to have more renaissance fair background music in your collection. I liked the album cover too. It certainly harkens back to the good old days when mischievous pixies flapped their wings and wiggled their tushies in front of men in tights struggling to hide their erections. Ale was tastier too. The first thing I noticed listening to the album is that it's not really all that traditional as far as the Renaissance Faire scene is concerned.
The album starts strong with some tribal drumming to add some power to the familiar folksiness, and the occasional little synthesizer melody pops up to sort of "proggify" the track, or at least spice up the proceedings with a little 70s rock influence.
And that's how the band works on this effort. Blending the olden folk melodies and instrumentation with some rockin' grooves and a little new age yoga influence to diversify the potential audience a bit. For the most part, this actually works. It certainly helps when you can play guitar like Ritchie, who hasn't sacrificed his skills to adapt to the changing times Candice can certainly sing, and she captures that 'days of yore' lilt perfectly.
She can sound a little awkward or out of place in some of the rockier tracks, like Natalie Merchant donning a brass bra, but she charms her way through them. The band as a whole is quite impeccable regarding their talents, certainly above average for this particular niche.
Child In Time has to be one of the odder covers I've heard by any band I can't say when I first heard the original Child In Time that I immediately pondered how it would sound as a medieval jig, but it didn't wind up sounding atrocious by any means. I'm not sure if I'll venture too much further into this band's catalogue since from what I gather there isn't too much variation concerning the formulas that Blackmore's Night has established for themselves, so I'll just be content to put this puppy on when the rare but occasional yearning for fine mead, dragons and wenches needs a soundtrack.
Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. First of all, pardon my Chantrainesque review. Are we still in Prog-Land here? I really can't say, given the amount of band entries lately. However, Blackmore's Night was allready inducted in the Archives before the recent wave of Prog-Related entries, so as prog we will judge it.
As for the "Progressive", one really cannot see anything but the logical and unimpressive following of previous albums. Of course that is not bad, because last albums were good, especially the amazing "Fires at Midnight". Friday 3 April Saturday 4 April Sunday 5 April Monday 6 April Tuesday 7 April Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April Sunday 19 April Monday 20 April Tuesday 21 April Wednesday 22 April Thursday 23 April Friday 24 April Saturday 25 April Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Streams Videos All Posts.
Styles Hard Rock Heavy Metal. Imagination Late Night. Track Listing. Blackmore's Night. Village Lanterne. The Messenger. World of Stone. Faerie Queen-Faerie Dance. The Messenger. World Of Stone. Faerie Queen - Faerie Dance. Village Dance.The Village Lanterne is the fifth studio album by the group Blackmore's Night, released on Steamhammer US on 4 April It featured the single "Just Call My Name (I'll Be There)". The song "Olde Mill Inn" was included as soundtrack in the movie Yes Man.