Exposé Online banner

Renaissant — South of Winter
(Voiceprint TJSCD-01, 2004, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

South of Winter Cover art

Here’s another branch of the Renaissance tree, this one under the stewardship of longtime drummer Terrence Sullivan, along with what appears to be numerous Sullivan family members (Lee, Christina, Kristian, and Derrick, on keys, vocals, guitars and bass respectively). Betty (Thatcher) Newsinger contributes lyrics to a number of the songs, Renaissance keyboardist John Tout plays piano on several cuts, and we have Alex Caird on bass and Martin Orford from IQ adding strings and flute, plus other guests. While Terry Sullivan wrote all of the songs here (or co-wrote them with Newsinger), they basically fall into two categories: those sung by Christina, which for the most part are dead-ringers for the style Renaissance embraced from Turn of the Cards through Azure d’Or, although they tend to be a little leaner on the heavy orchestrations, and Christina’s voice is different, perhaps a bit more folky and soulful compared to Annie Haslam, but she does have that similar and somewhat annoying tendency to over-enunciate the lyrics. The second category are the songs sung by Terry Sullivan exclusively, his voice a deep tenor, with its own style and delivery, and because of that those songs tend to be somewhat more stylistically original – that is to say unlike classic Renaissance. All taken though, this is a good album that will definitely be of interest to fans of his old band. It’s been out a couple years already, so hopefully something new is in the works.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Renaissant, Renaissance

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Roger Powell - Cosmic Furnace – This legendary album from the early days of electronic music is a welcome reissue. The overall sound is a bit unusual because of Powell’s use of ARP synthesizers rather than Moogs. The tracks...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues