Monday, August 31, 2009

Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets


The Book of Secrets is another excellent album from Loreena McKennitt. It doesn't really cover any new ground or anything, but it's still extremely well done. My favorite songs here are thewordless track "Prologue," which reminded me of the Renaissance track with the same title and the laid back "The Mummer's Dance", which would get a remix later on (because if there's one thing Loreena McKennitt songs desperately need, it's oom-tiss drum noises).
If The Book of Secrets has a real fault, it's that it hews too closely to the formula of The Visit, right down to the unnecessarily long track with little musical development based on a previously existing poem (here it's "The Highwayman"). Fortunately, the two 7 minute+ tracks that close out the album are much more musically interesting. Also, Metallica's Master of Puppets followed the formula of Ride the Lightning almost song-for-song, yet I somehow don't hear too many people complaining about that.

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