CD REVIEW Candice Night

Band : Candice Night
Album title : Reflections
Label : Minstrell Hall Music
Distributor : UDR - EMI
Release date : 29/06/2012 (Europe)
Release : CD

As you may know, Candice Night is the lead singer for Traditional Folk Rock act Blackmore's Night, the band with which she debuted alongside boyfriend Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple, ex-Rainbow) in 1997. Having been a Rainbow fan, she first met Blackmore to ask him for an autograph in 1989, aged 18. they became friends and started living together in 1991. In May 2010 she gave birth to their daughter Autumn, and in October of that same year the twosome got married. She gave birth to their son Rory in February of 2012.

Prior to starting her professional singing career with Blackmore's Night, Candice's singing experiences had been limited to providing humming sounds to the instrumental track “Difficult To Cure” during Deep Purple's European tour of 1993. She also wrote lyrics to 4 songs on the 1995 Rainbow album Stranger In Us All, and brought more humming sounds to that album's songs “Ariel” and “Hall Of The Mountain King”. Eventually, it was Blackmore whom persuaded her to start singing professionally. Since then, she's contributed to albums by other artists (sang on the Helloween song “Light The Universe” off their Keeper Of The Seven Keys – The Legacy album and appeared in the video; sang 3 songs on the Beto Vásquez album The Infinity Project alongside former Nightwish's Tarja Turunen, Edenbridge's Sabine Edelsbacher and Glenn Hughes; she also sang on William Shatner's 2011 album in his version of “Space Oddity”), wrote a couple of songs for Blackmore's Night, and obviously wrote some more stuff, which didn't exactly fall into her usual comfort zone.

You see, the Folk element is completely off here, and in fact bulk of the album's material (6 out of the 10 songs) should be seen as guitar-less Pop ballads, with the album closing instrumental “In Time” falling under that same genre definition. The ante is upped with the Pop Rock ballads “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Call It Love”, and there's actually an heavier edge to “Dangerous Smile”.  The album proves beyond a doubt that Candice Night has a wonderful voice, even separate from the faerie music of her comfort zone. I have no idea whom the musicians on the album were, although it can be assumed that at least some of the musicians from Blackmore's Night were involved. In the booklet, she thanks her “...husband for looking beyond limitations...” and that suggests that at least he was involved in sóme way, wouldn't you agree? For audio off the album, try finding some via Candice's own website (www.) candice-night.com, or via her MySpace or facebook pages.

PS. : Some controversy exists about the release date. Apparently, the album was already given a first US release on October 11, 2011...with a German release preceding on that September 30. UK release was on July 2nd of this year, and were to be followed by a new US release, plus releases in South America and Japan.

90/100

Tony.