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A proposito di questo album

  • Pubblicato: 15/feb/2007
White Owl is a Russian folk-core group, created in Moscow, who play music of different nations adapted in various styles. Since the tastes of the musicians don't belong to the same genre their arrangements are mixtures of such traditions as alternative, indie, solid rock, folk tradition and even renaissance. The ways some folk standards such as "Lord of the Dance" or "Cunla" are presented can be taken for a joke. And this is true - it was a joke at first but then the WO found that the idea was well enough for taking it seriously.Not all song at the album are so funny such as "Lord of the Dance" or "Cunla". Everybody who read "The Treasure Island" can guess that "Fifteen men on a dead man`s chest" is a harsh pirate song arranged as a nowadays bandit song. A manner the musicians chose for "Personal Jah" is alike. It is not strictly a bandit song even on the contrary: it conveys how a new world can be created. All you need is not to be afraid of letting your crazy imagination free. The album also contains a number of songs that don't belong to Celtic tradition - Finnish songs. It is a new brunch in a varicolored passage of folk-music life in Moscow. "Kannunkaataija" ("The Tippler") - a cheerful song about a funny drunkard; "Miksi Ne Neijot" (karelian song) can be translated as "Why do the maidens...?" One can try to guess what they do or why or attempt to study Finnish. And another song - "Korppi" ("The Raven") is a very beautiful and emotional song, as you understand about a raven. "La Rotta" is an Italian instrumental composition that goes back to times before Renaissance. Rotta is a dance that one can find in cultures of different nations (French, Italian and even Moldavian). WO never follows the traditional performance, thus only a tune of an old original "La Rotta" is used and developed into a new dancing composition. A little number of WO's own songs are plaid now. One can find only three of them at the album -"Just Chains", "Good Old Spider" and "Personal Jah" - that survived in a stream of traditional music and could stand the test of time. But how many we - no, you! - have in store!
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Great stuff!

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Really nice interpretations of some (more or less) popular tunes! Especially, the new version of the well-known "La Rotta" is quite inspiring. Generally speaking, the mix of straight-forward pop/rock with traditional folk seems very convincing to me. Also, the arrangements & mixes are all pretty well done. If you like well-made folk/pop with a little "rock" touch - this is definitely an album to listen to!

Vraiment sympa !

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Un bon album folk, très sympathique à écouter. Une instrumentation accoustique assez originale et variée avec un mélange d'instruments rock et celtiques. Une belle voix, des textes vivants. C'est festif, dynamique...donc très bon !


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Świetne połączenie kilku kultur i epok. Słucha się tego bardzo, bardzo przyjemnie.


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Folk ist wandelbar. Sehr wandelbar sogar. Wie sehr sich Folk anpassen und ändern kann zeigt das Album "Pepper" von White Owl. Hier finden sich diverse Neuintepretationen von neuen und alten Folksongs mit mehr oder weniger ausgeprägten Rock-Elementen - dabei dürfen aber auch Fideln nicht fehlen. "Lord of the Dance" kommt erfrischend ansteckend daher, das ist allerdings auch das einzige Folkslied dass ich vorher kannte. Offenbar sind auch ein polnisches dabei, ein italienisches sowie russische? Jedenfalls - wer es etwas deftiger mag, aber nicht auf Folk verzichten möchte ist mit der Moskauer Band - deren Akzent sich sehr charmant anhört wenn sie englisch singen übrigens - bestens bedient. Meinte nicht zu Unrecht auch der Herr Nachbar, der den Song "Fifteen Man on the Dead Man's Chest" für seine Free-Music-Charts herausgepickt hat. Geht ins Bein und gefällt.

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This is great folk & music, fun beats, and great vocals. A lot of variety in the tunes, with a nice blend of hard guitar and fiddle (violin).

Świetnie zrobione!

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Kilka naprawdę dobrze, ciekawie zaaranżowanych kawałków w tonacji od delikatnego rocka przez dość tradycyjny Folk-Rock, aż po coś co kojarzy mi się z Folk Punkiem w stylu The Pogues. Good work! Waiting for more ...

Fun Folkrock

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White Owl do a great job marrying Folk and Rock music. For me, the album really didn't get rolling until Cunla (though Miksi is good as well). They have a great mix of style, from the speed of Cunla, to the much more traditional folk La Rotta, to the hard groove of Personal Jah. Overall they are great musicians and I really appreciate their song writing skill. Another pleasant surprise about the album is the quality of the recording. It isn't strange for bands who try to fuse different styles to have a terrible time with their early attempts at getting their ideas recorded properly. Here the violin, guitar, drums and vocals are all clear and easy to differentiate, while at the same time being mixed together to form a complete whole. I have very few complaints about the album. Sometimes the vocalists style does not appeal to me, and there are a few moments I really don't believe it fits well - his tone goes better with the harder numbers, in my opinion. This is a pretty small complaint, and after I got used to the overall feel of the album, I've enjoyed it tremendously.
david aubrun

festif et vraiment super bien fait

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tres bonne album folk rock ... à découvrir

Fun Folk

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Enjoyable album with mix of styles, wonderful fiddle and energetic vocals.

Coloré, diversifié, entraînant, agréable, surprenant

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Autant d'adjectifs qui peuvent qualifier ce feu d'artifice musical. On retrouve beaucoup de styles différents, pour le plus grand plaisir de nos oreilles. A écouter, vous ne pourrez pas le regretter :) .