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The Village Lanterne

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Editorial Reviews

At long last, Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night and their band of minstrels have returned with a brand new studio album! The Village Lanterne takes the listener on a wondrous renaissance tour-de-force and yields Blackmore's Night's strongest and most fully-realized album to date! The guitar mastery of Blackmore is ever-present, the vocals of Candice Night are truly heaven-sent, and the accompanying musicians give the album a truly cheerful and communal sprit. With the success of the recent DVD, brand new added awareness via the PBS special, and an aggressive marketing plan in place, Blackmore's Night is now positioned to reach new heights on every level. Steamhammer. 2006.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 25 Years
  2. Village Lanterne
  3. I Guess It Doesn't Matter
  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
  12. Olde Mill Inn
  13. Windmills
  14. Street Of Dreams
  15. Call It Love (bonus performed by Candice Night)
  16. Street Of Dreams (bonus featuring Joe Lynn Turner)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B000EMG954
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Blackmore's Night return with a brand new album titled The Village Lanterne, in some ways their most realized effort. After several releases and years of touring together, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night seem to have a more clear idea of what they want to do with their music, and where to take it. Especially Candice Night has grown and improved immensely both as a lyricist and singer. Her voice is more mature now, with a distinct sense of confidence and passion. She sings with sheer emotion and conviction through the whole album, proving she's a key element in the unique sound of Blackmore's Night. As for Ritchie Blackmore, no words would do justice to describe his talents and songwriting skills, let alone his distinctive tone and phrasing he puts behind his compositions.

For those of you not familiar with Blackmore's Night (however unlikely that may be), they play an impressive style of Renaissance era music, combining it with elements of new age, folk, rock, and blues, among others. Though heavily acoustic guitar driven, their songs blend a rich array of mandolins, violins, cellos, tambourines, drums, trumpets, bagpipes, and keyboards. Still retaining the classic Blackmore's Night sound, The Village Lanterne is arguably their most modern-sounding release to date. This seems to be because of the recording techniques they employed in the studio, rendering some of the pieces noticeably more contemporary than their earlier work. They are not omnipresent, however. It's more like the band and producer Pat Regan decided to incorporate some new textures and a heavier focus on atmospherics on some tracks. Songs like "Olde Village Lanterne" and "I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore" are both marked with effective rhythmic patterns, particularly in the way the drums and percussion are played.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Monkdude on April 5, 2006
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I have been a fan of Blackmore's Night for awhile now, and I own all the group's albums and the DVD released last year. I really enjoyed Village Lanterne for the same reasons I liked everything else they have done. If you already like the band, you will not be disappointed in the least with the songs found on this disc. The music is beautiful, melodic, and will sweep your mind off to enchanted worlds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Purplemaniac on April 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ritchie Blackmore has always been my favorite guitarist but only through Blackmore's Night has he finally found a vehicle through which he can realize his fullest artistic potential. And that potential is at long last being expressed by the most creative, consistent and interesting music of his entire career as evidenced by Fires At Midnight and Ghost of a Rose. Only now do I fully comprehend how much he was limiting himself by playing within the narrow scope of hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow. Don't get me wrong. I am a headbanger at heart going back to the early 1970s and I have enjoyed and own all the Deep Purple and Rainbow recordings. But in retrospect, whether Blackmore limited himself in those other bands, or whether his bandmates limited his scope of musical expression, his free reign now to explore brave new musical worlds sees him performing on another level. Indeed, I keep fearing that the shoe might drop, but it never does. As good as Deep Purple and Rainbow were, they did have a tendency to take occasional missteps and drop shoes here and there, with such duds as "Slaves and Masters" or "Bent Out of Shape." Not so with Blackmore's Night. They have been going ten years strong now, and there is not a weak album in the bunch! Oh, there might be some weak songs here and there, but they have never made an entire album of complete duds such as Slaves and Masters or 95% duds such as Bent Out of Shape. Not only does the shoe not drop, but on the contrary, each Blackmore's Night album is more sophisticated, evolved and fluid than its predecessors. Blackmore keeps coming up with new twists to keep things interesting and refereshing. This time he has put out what is essentially a Progressive Rock album with folksy touches and an excellent progressive rock album it is!Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By antryg on February 7, 2007
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After listening to Blackmore's Night for several years, I was really looking forward to this cd. Their unique updating of medieval themes and instruments set them apart from the rest of the music scene.

Once again Blackmore's virtuosity playing reaches the high standard you expect. Candace Night shows that her amazing voice has only become more mature and rich. This cd exhibits fantastic playing and a voice that Heaven is trying to get into their choir; so what else do you need to know?

The most important point is that this is not the album for you if you are looking for Blackmore's Night unique medieval/renaissance sound. This cd moves very strongly into the rock/pop genre. Depending upon your expectations, that may be a plus. While the original compositions are good, Blackmore covers his past with both a Deep Purple and Rainbow entry. Sadly, the originals win and you walk away wondering why Mr. Blackmore is revisiting his musical legacy.

The times for Blackmore's Night are changing with this cd. They have moved from medieval/renaisance music infused with rock to a pop/rock band infused with medieval sounds.
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