BLACKMORE'S NIGHT - "UNDER A VIOLET MOON" (EDEL RECORDS)
Originally this was going to be a really short review. That was when I was a little over halfway down the CD, listening. It was going to be "a waste of money, a waste of time".
Then I heard "Spanish Nights (I Remember it Well)" and I decided that I'd at least give a reason why this CD sucks.
The album is sugar-sweet. There is only one track where Ritchie plays guitar like we know he can. Candice's voice is sleep-inducing. Ritchie Blackmore is a rock icon who seems to have been influenced too much by his young wife. I've heard this album compared to Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow" era music, but that's total cod's wallop. As opposed to Maggie Riley, Candice Night's voice is in no way special. She can hold a tune, but other than that there's no magic ingredient. There are two or three reasonably OK tracks on this album. The rest is a waste of time, a waste of space, a waste of money. Even my wife - who likes folk and stuff - thought this album was boring.
I am rooting for Ritchie's next CD being a Rainbow one.
Written July 1999
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