Title - 'Reflections' (UDR / EMI)
Artist - Candice Night
As you all know by now, hopefully, Candice Night is not only an American vocalist/songwriter, but the musical partner and wife of Rainbow/Deep Purple guitar legend, Ritchie Blackmore. Also being the lead singer, multi-instrumentalist, and lyricist for the traditional folk rock project, Blackmore's Night (since its origins in 1997), Candice has released solo rcords before ... but this one is the best yet, for my money!
Candice's voice on Reflections is amazing! Truly evocative at every musical turn, every song is different, each note sung and lifted to its most perfect of platos - which makes the whole listening experience even more worthwhile. Indeed, her songwriting transports you into a world where you are asked to reflect on the everyday happenings in life; more than just to listen - if that makes any sense!
The album starts with very ethereal 'Wind Is Calling (Hush The Wind),' before heading into the faster, beat-infused 'Gone Gone Gone,' the Maire Brennanish 'Black Roses,' and both 'Now And Then (2011)' and the wonderful vocals of 'Dangerous Smile.'
I know I go on about it, but Candice's voice is simply enchanting. It is also nice to hear her away from Blackmores Night, to stand alone, so to speak - as she does it so well. She is quite an extraordinary talent and proves that ever onwards with the ballad 'For You,' the mid-tempo 'Call It Love,' the stunningly beautiful 'Robin Red Breast,' before closing the album out with the storytelling of 'Alone With Fate' and 'In Time.'