The Bottom Line
- Candice Night's pure, clear voice
- Ritchie Blackmore's sure touch on anything with strings
- Blend of acoustic, electric and orchestral
- Night's occasional tendency to use country-like vocal trills
- Exceptional vocal and instrumental work
- Entertaining mix of musical styles
- Definitely not elevator music
Guide Review - Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols
The combination makes Blackmore's Night's Winter Carols a welcome change from the typical radio station/shopping mall variety of holiday music.
There's a nice mix of simple acoustic and lush orchestral arrangements, sometimes within the same song. Even the perennial "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is delivered like they actually mean it.
The reasoning behind the album's title is clear. Along with traditional Christmas carols, there is a Hanukkah song, "Ma-O-Tzur" and a "Lord of the Dance/Simple Gifts" medley.
The pair's longtime interest in Renaissance music is overt on tracks like "Winter (Basse Dance)" and more subtly infuses the arrangements of cuts like "I Saw Three Ships" and "Good King Wenceslas."
If your tastes in Christmas music run toward the less traditional, Winter Carols will make a nice addition to your collection.