'Dancer And The Moon' is the eighth studio album by Blackmore's Night and for those of you that can finally accept the fact that Richie Blackmore is simply not interested in playing hard rock anymore, there's a lot of enjoyment to be had while listening to the album's 13 tracks.
First stand-out track for me was the absolutely beautiful ballad 'The Last Leaf' which reminded me of Blackmore's Night classic 'Fool's Gold' in certain parts. Next song that stood out was title track 'Dancer And The Moon' opening with one of Blackmore's signature "Bulgarian-sounding" riffs...
'The Moon Is Shining''s guitar-work perfectly showcases why Richie Blackmore will always be among the very best guitarists in rock while 'The Spinner's Tale' is yet another great ballad featuring silky-smooth vocals from Candice Night.
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I need to give special mention to the very interesting cover versions of Randy Newman's 'I Think It's Going To Rain', Uriah Heep's 'Lady In Black' and 'The Temple Of The King' from Blackmore's Rainbow days as well as closing song 'Carry On... Jon', a heart-felt tribute to the late, great Jon Lord, which, naturally, provides the most "Deep Purple-inspired" moment of the album.
The production is very clear without being too clinical and it compliments all instruments as well as Candice Night's vocals beautifully. The guitar work, as expected, is second to none and the cover art by Stan W Decker perfectly captures the essence of this release.
Overall, 'Dancer And The Moon' is another solid release by Blackmore's Night with several "magic moments" in it and I definitely recommend it to any open-minded Richie Blackmore fans!"