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Under A Violet Moon - Full Score Book
Rather than putting in the extra effort to make their sophomore release more exciting and inspired than its dull predecessor, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night merely unveil an album that's more of the same, only a little worse. While the first album featured appearances from such notable alumni as Ian Anderson, this second release boasts an extensive guest cast that's all but undetectable when drifting away from the tedious revivalist folk that dominates another overlong tracklist.
This album's positive points are only achieved through successful attempts at deviation, meaning that the most interesting songs are 'Morning Star' for its violin, 'Wind in the Willows' for featuring a vocal duet with John Ford, 'March the Heroes Home' for including a cheesy synthesised fanfare (these aren't necessarily impressive traits), and especially those with greater rock influence such as 'Gone With the Wind.' The electronic elements have been dispensed with, which can only be a good sign, but at this stage the band hasn't quite got around to replacing them with anything truly impressive.