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A few things you should know about 'Looking for Europe: the Neofolk Compendium',
This review is from: Looking For Europe: The Neofolk Compendium (Audio CD)
This compilation reveals the limitations and also the potential of music lumped under the 'neofolk' banner. It also includes relatively mainstream artists not normally associated with neofolk, like Scott Walker and Nico (both of whose contributions are excellent, by the way).
Four discs here, with quite a few highlights. One of the best pieces is 'The Hangman and the Papist' by English folk group The Strawbs (once covered by Blood Axis but the original is far better). Blood Axis themselves contribute perhaps the best song I have heard by them, a dark and haunting piece called 'The Ride'. In Gowan Ring's 'The Wind That Cracks the Leaves' is introspective and beautiful, and beautiful too are Ordo Equitum Solis' 'Playing With the Fire' and Darkwood's wonderful 'Der Falken Flug'. Andrew King's setting of the Kipling poem 'Have You News of My Boy Jack?' is deeply moving, as is Of The Wand & The Moon's 'My Devotion Will Never Fade'.
There are a few uninspired or boring pieces (and Laibach's contribution is simply awful), but for the most part this is a very good compilation. I'm not sure how representative of 'neofolk' it is, as everyone will have their own view on which artists should have been included (why no Current 93? and what about neo-classical projects like Sagittarius and H.E.R.R., or folk metal bands like Storm?). But that would be quibbling a bit much. If there must be a 'neofolk' compilation you would be hard pressed to find a better one than this, and in such beautiful packaging too. A quality endeavour.