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Wott's wott on Autumn Sky


Here's my review of each BN Autumn Sky track - now that I've listened to all of them from You Tube. I've given them marks out of 10. 0 = dire, 10 = excellent.

Journeyman

Not a bad intro at all. It nearly fooled me into thinking this might resemble geniune medieval inspired music. But then Wott happens? It changes tack and launches into what I can only describe as tedious, uninspired Euro popsical drivel with electro-drums. Even for pop music, this song isn't interesting on any level. Even Ritchie's guitary bits couldn't revive this dead duck and they seemed a bit 'here I go with my solo' predictable, containing similar arrangements to songs I've heard before.

If I wasn't reviewing it, I'd have journeyed out of this song much sooner than I did.

Marks (1 out of 10)

Keeper of the Flame

A pleasant tune, but still those electro drums (or whatever they are). More interesting musical arrangements and certainly an improvement on The Journeyman but, there again, so is complete silence. Love the violins. But KOTF sounds pretty much like another song off Fires at Midnight or Shadows of the Moon. I can't remember which album or which track because it's a long while since listening to both of these albums. but I really can't be bothered to find out. If Ritchie can be this lazy, then so can I.

I'll think I'll stay keeper of FOM and SOTM isntead, ta muchly, Ritch!

Marks (3 out of 10) I would have given this a 5 if it had been more original.

Song and Dance

Cliched drumming sound at the intro. Heard it all before - and much better by other artists. But then what do I find. There's no song. It's just the same repetitive intro all the way through.

I've decided to make a song and dance out of my marks too.

Marks (1 out of 10)

Barbara Allen

Pleasant ballad, which shows off Candice's very pleasing voice at its best. Alas, it still needed to be sung by someone better than Candice to make this song really stand out. She sounds weak in the top ranges. She simply doesn't have the pitch - no depth or feel when she sings in this range. Boring old drumming arrangements again. It gets better half way through with more interesting musical arrangements (although the recorder plays a bum note if you haven't noticed).

Marks (4 out of 10)

Believe in Me

My favourite so far. Nicely sung by Candice. Nice, simple ballad all round with a nice ending. Nice melodic guitary bits too, although they could have been a bit more exciting to add some zing to the song. I liked the haunting backing vocals too. This song sounds different to anything I've heard BN produce before. So this is a big plus for me.

I actually did believe in BN in this song.

Marks (7 out of 10)

Darkness

Intro has nice pipey bit, but it could have been better without the guitar. Song is a bit too familar - with that same Ritchie arrangement sound I've got thoroughly bored with by now. Nice guitar tone though. Very nicely sung by Candice too. She sounds better on this song than any of the others I've reviewed so far. She even hits a top note with ease! I wonder if she would sound this good if she sang it live or would that top note disappear? Not sure - but I have heard her hit top notes on stage before, which rather surprised me. Time will tell. But on record she does sound very good here.

There's definitely light at the end of this dark tunnel.

Marks (7 out of 10)

All the Fun at the Fayre

Good, Celtic inspired intro. Dreadful Euro-pop song - sounds very canny, like MTV pop music produced by Simon Cowell. Too much Ritchie repetition in the music arrangements making it sound predictable. Simply vile. Worst song of the lot and I didn't think that was possible after The Journeyman. But, there again, Ritchie has never been predictable has he? Unfortunately, he is in a lot of his compositions. If he's been more predictable on stage, and less so in his songwriting, we might not be so down on his career path in the last 16 years.

They may have had fun at the Fayre, but I sure as hell didn't have fun listening to this drivel.

Marks (0 out of 10)

Strawberry Girl

Boring guitary intro. Boring song all round. Sickly, sweet lyrics, sickly sweet song. I'm convinced I've got diabetes of the ears after listening to this. Same old guitary arrangements that sounds identical to another song in FAM or SOTM. Can't remember which song, or which album. But I really can' be arsed to find out as my head is stuck over the toilet bowl retching. Candice sounds in tune, at least. But its hardly a challenge on the old vocal chords. So this isn't much of a compliment.

More sugar laden cheapo Strawberry jam from Asda than fresh strawberries.

Marks (0 out of 10)

Highland

Intro was odd, with strange orchestral and medieval instrumental mix that didn't really add up for me. Followed by a Euro-pop song, mechanical drumming, same boring Ritchie arrangements. Song appeared to have some promise if only it had veered in a slightly heavier direction. But that didn't happen. All we got was more Euro-vision pop tripe instead. Guitar is uninspired and shows very little of Ritchie's talent. Dave Hill from Slade could have managed this song quite easily.

This is more lowland than highland.

Marks (1 out of 10)

Health To The Company

Simple, lovely, haunting ballad. Nice acoustic guitary bits to punctuate this simple but highly effective song, without too much of the obvious 'Ritchie' arrangements to screw it all up. The best track on this album and its a veyr nice song too. Candice sings it very well too (even if there is some signs of strain in the upper register).

I feel a lot better already. Just what the doctor ordered.

Marks (9 out of 10)

Vagabond

Into is too 'Ritchie' and sounds too boring and familiar for a Medieval style genre that already has huge limitations. Sounds like any other ballad they've written from days of old. It's pleasant, but very boring. Just a typical, uninspired, cliched BN song.

Musically this song is very impoverished.

Marks (1 out of 10)

Celluloid Heroes

Badly written rubbish. Sounds a very second rate ballad with a dreadful nursery rhyme lullaby feel to some of it. They must of dreamt this up cooing baba Blackers to sleep. I wish they'd stuck to reading her a fairy tale instead. The Guitary bits don't rescue this song either.

More zero than hero.

Marks (0 out of 10)

Night at Eggersberg

All too familiar, uninspired Ritchie arrangement acoustic beginning. Nice tone though. Then I discover that he's done the dirty again and repeated the intro all the way through the song making the whole thing repetitive. So there is no song at all. He's written far better instrumentals than this. This is hugely disappointing.
 
Marks (2 out of 10)

Sake of The Song

Same old Ritchie guitar arrangements. Boring, uninspired drivel that sounds like something that would appeal more to childen than 'grown ups.' Simply awful.

For heaven's sake, Ritchie!

Marks (1 out of 10)

Conclusion

Best track: Health to The Company by far, which sounds rather like something Loreena McKennitt would possibly consider covering if she didn't write her own material. The rest don't even come close, although some songs are better than others - like Darkness, my second favourite on the album. Again, another nice song.

AS contains a very mixed bunch of tracks of varying quality, with one really nice song that's worth several listens, one or two OK songs (worth a couple of plays).

Unfortunately, in terms of overall quality, the best two songs I've mentioned above, HTTC, D, are no better than anything other, better artists for this type of genre could compose. There are much better Medieveal inspired popsical composers and celtic-inspired, new age artists worthy of your time and effort. So BN don't stand out as being compositional greats at all - either as Medieval or Celtic New Ageists. Far from it. For the discerning listener, the rest of the songs on AS are a complete waste of precious minutes of your life or they are an oppportunity to take a lance to your ears in order to salvage your self respect or your sanity, should BN ever be inclined to produce similar, low grade garbage again.





Last edited by Wott, 19/9/2010, 18:15


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Re: Wott's wott on Autumn Sky


Thanks. Quite interesting. You didn't mark "Darkness" though...

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By the way, what about the other trax of the album?

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