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Blackmore's Night - The Village Lanterne Review

by Zane Ewton

Blackmore's Night has been the all-consuming project for guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore and his fairer half, Candice Night, since the late 1990s.

The duo's love of the Renaissance originally brought them together and became the basis for what would become Blackmore's Night. Medieval village life is on display with The Village Lanterne, a collection of songs that include a few traditional Renaissance ballads but focus primarily on the new age-inflected Blackmore original compositions.

This obviously comes across as a record with its specific niche. However, Blackmore fans should be pleased with his outstanding acoustic work. Other highlights include Night's Enya inspired vocals and the top quality musicians that they have surrounded themselves with.

The bottom line is that The Village Lanterne is a must have for any fan of Renaissance culture and music. For the rest of us it is a fun diversion from sampled beats and Pro Tools. People who play real instruments do still exist.

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