I suppose that this review could be considered by some to be very biased as I'll admit that I have been I lifelong Ritchie Blackmore fan, loving everything he has done from Deep Purple, Rainbow to the beautiful, mature mature music of Blackmore's Night.
If you don't like Christmas records in general, then you will hate this!!!
However the Blackmore's Night sound is absolutely perfect for this CD. The renaissance sound, using traditional instruments and acoustic guitars give it an authentic warm sound and feeling that is perfect for the season.
Cuddle up in front of the fire with a drink, lights dimmed and enjoy both Candice's vocal and Ritchie's effortless guitar playing on traditional carols. Superb pieces include the instrumental 'Winter (Basse Dance)', while Candice's vocals have never been as heavenly as on 'Ma-O-Tzur' and 'Emmanuel'.
Other tracks bring out the fun, happy side of the band which has been apparent in all of their CD's and DVD's so far.
'Christmas Eve' is as good a Christmas record that has been recorded for many years, while 'Wish you were here' which is taken from the bands first album fits perfectly with the mood.
I love the CD sleeve design, but as I am such a fan I would have liked a little more on the inner sleeve notes, but this certainly does not distract from what is a wonderful Christmas Album.
Buy it !!!!! You won't be disappointed..............