Exposé Online banner

Blackmore's Night — Secret Voyage
(Steamhammer SPV 91782 CD-E, 2008, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2009-07-01

Secret Voyage Cover artThe partnership of guitar god Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Candace Night (skimpy bodice) has been going strong for 10 years, and — despite the Ren Faire and LARP associations — they've built up a sizeable, global fan base. Secret Voyage, their seventh album, continues the formula of blending Renaissance and medieval-era instruments and songs with contemporary rock and folk sounds and styles. The album kicks off with a mock orchestral instrumental fanfare titled "God Save the Keg" and it's nice to see a sense of fun prevailing, and that the group don't take themselves all that seriously. The entire band — Night included — are skilled performers with Blackmore naturally the featured player, whether on electric or acoustic guitar, mandolin, or mandocello. In fact, his breadth of electric and acoustic instruments gives Steve Howe a run for his money. Night is a fine singer with a warm and inviting voice, capable of sensuously caressing a lyric as on "Gilded Cage" or commanding a boisterous drinking song like the rollicking "Toast to Tomorrow." A couple covers are thrown into the set, including Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Rainbow's "Rainbow Eyes," though serious fans will probably most enjoy songs that wed Renaissance period instruments and motifs to pop rock rhythms and vocal arrangements, like "The Circle" or the Loreena McKennitt-ish "Peasant's Promise." To cap everything off, a bonus video is included which proves that it's hard to resist music that's easy on the ear and a singer who's easy on the eyes.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Blackmore's Night

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Trygve Seim - Sangam – If there was ever a time for a new jazz icon, composer and saxophonist Trygve Seim surely fits that bill. His ensemble's well received performance at the 2007 Portland Jazz Festival was a jaw-dropper,...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues