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THE BEST YET!!,
This review is from: Village Lanterne, The [Limited Edition] (Audio CD)
Starts off with a slow one. I wish they wouldn't do that. You get worried its all gonna be slow. No fear. It really speeds up .. and how!! If you like the band for the folk/medieval aspects you won't be let down. "Olde Mill Inn" will get you singing along and waving your arms unashamedly in the air. If instrumentals are your thing, Ritchie delivers as usual. If you like rock, prepare for a treat. " I Guess..." gives us one of the Man in Black's meanest riffs for some time. "St. Teresa" starts with a lovely accoustic solo fading to feedback,...and the Strat' is back! Reminiscent of the false sense of security at the start of "Speed King" Although this is not as fast a song, it is damned quick. Fastest BN song so far and the solo is as quick as anything on "Long Live Rock and Roll". If you bought the "Castles.." dvd and loved the "Mond Tanz/Child in Time" medley and then got to see the band live last year and enjoyed it even more, then rejoice. Here it is again. Better, louder, prouder, heavier, and ten times better. "Child" closes with some great soloing from the Maestro. "Just Call My Name (I'll Be There)" sounds like the title for a Michael Jackson cover but his songs never come with a riff that picks you up by the collar and head butts you. Head butting is apt as this action usually hits you "Straight Between The Eyes" which is where this song sounds like it would feel at home were it written in the same era. And, talk of the Rainbow era, "Street of Dreams" makes two appearances here, one on each disc. The first sees Candice giving her all with Mr Fluent Fingers blistering the fret board with yet more high speed soloing and giving the song a grungier feel than the original. Disc two features Joe Lynn Turner dueting with Ms Night and is slightly truer to the original though still feeling a bit faster and heavier.
All in all, if you like BN as a Renaisance/folk/medieval band, you will still love this album. If you hanker after the old days of Ritchie the Rocker, you will be as happy as a pig in the proverbial. Much of this is just like Rainbow with a girl singer. Oh, and Lord what a singer. Talented AND beautiful.
The album is worth the money just for the photos of her alone. What, and with great music as well, you couldn't wish for more.