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White Willow's fifth studio album, 'Signal to Noise', album was recorded at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark, and was mixed and produced by legendary producer Tommy Hansen (Helloween, TNT, Pagan's Mind, Circus Maximus). Cover art is by Killustrations, who al

1. Night Surf
2. Splinters
3. Ghosts
4. Joyride
5. The Lingering
6. The Dark Road
7. Chrome Dawn
8. Dusk City
9. Ararat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laser's Edge
  • ASIN: B000GBEWFC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Schumacher on October 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was a little concerned when I heard White Willow had lost its female vocalist and gotten another.

I am glad to say my fears were unfounded.

Their new female vocalist is wonderful.

And this album is wonderful, too.

I like it even better than their last (Storm Season) because it is not QUITE so far toward the metal end of the spectrum.

They have incorporated SOME metal, but mostly they have reverted to their earlier, and folkier, and more classical (and better) stuff.

Exceptionally wonderful prog rock: melodic, varied, unexpected, beautifully constructed, involving.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By IcemanJ VINE VOICE on November 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've loved White Willow from the first note I heard. And I am proud to say that this album doesn't change that. I didn't like "Storm Season," as much as all the other albums. It explored a little darker and heavier side of the band, which was nice for something different, but the heaviness and more aggressive singing didn't feel natural for the band. I'm glad they didn't go farther into that direction. This album gets away from that a little and revisits their more melodic side, although some aggressiveness still lingering especially in the first track, "Night Surf."

The Instrumentation includes many Keyboards, mellotrons, and mini-moogs as usual, also some woodwinds, and grand piano. Now to be completely honest, I had no idea there was a new vocalist until I saw it mentioned. Trude Eidtang has as wonderful a voice as Sylvia Erichsen, not to mention they sound quite similar.

On every one of their albums there has been at least one song that is especially enchanting, something out of this world, something while listening you wonder just how they possibly came up with something so brilliant. On this album, originally, I believed that song was "Splinters." This is a softer song for the most part, with a slightly heavier chorus; the vocal melodies pierce through the soft keyboard melodies and send chills down your spine.

After a month or so of many listens, "Joyride" seems like the best song here. The title is very fitting, because from the first instant, this is one of the most Joyful tunes I have ever heard. It really is a Joyride. "The Dark Road" is probably my third favorite song, similarly brimming with enormously blissful harmonies, except it is slower paced.

Like I said, I'm very pleased with this album especially after the previous one. If you like White Willow be sure to check out Paatos, Pineforest Crunch, and Anglagard.
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I find this group to be one of the more refreshing acts out there right now - there is hope for progressive music yet. One aspect of their music that is most refreshing is the successful blend of new music with the old; in this case, goth/indie rock with the best of 1970s progressive. This is forward-thinking music at its best.

Although Signal to Noise (2006) is a bit lighter than some of their other albums, there is still a brooding darkness that I find very appealing. I also like the musicianship, the level of which is very high, and the keyboard playing of young Lars Fredrik Frøislie really stands out - he favors the analog instruments like the mellotron, mini-moog, and other synthesizers. A new female vocalist signed on for this album and her vocals are exceptional.

With a total running time of 51:28, the tracks seem to be arranged in a song-cycle of sorts; the song-cycle incorporates vocal passages with more complex instrumental interludes. The instrumental passages are fairly intricate and feature pre-composed solos - fortunately, there is not a lot of grandstanding. Although a bit heavier than their other albums, the heaviness is not overbearing and is nicely leavened by the pastoral moments that the group is known for.

The sound quality of this release is pretty good, although it varies considerably depending on the equipment that is used. The CD booklet features the (great) lyrics, a few arty images, and the production credits.

All in all, this is a group that I enjoy a great deal. Progressive music at its finest - very highly recommended along with Sanctuary (2000) and Terminal Twilight (2011).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ben on March 8, 2011
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this music just seems tame and uneventful to me . The soloists are adequate , the arrangements are perfunctory , the songs are decent basic ideas that need more development . Sort of Mostly Autumn with something missing.
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