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White Willow


Signal to Noise

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Laser's Edge
Genre: [Progressive Rock/Folk Rock/Art Rock]
Overall Rating: 9.0
Music: 9.0
Production: 8.5

White Willow's fifth album provides quite a surprise in my book... the group's vocalist Sylvia Erichsen has been replaced by Trude Eidtang, and at the same time the music has taken a more modern route whilst still retaining the familiar characteristics of White Willow's folk-tinted melancholic art rock. This atmospheric album by the Norwegian rockers is titled as Signal to Noise, and it should please both fans of the band as well as attract some new listeners.

The material on this record is fairly steady in terms of quality. There aren't weak songs, and the lyrical offering on this album is just breath-taking. Whenever the album ends, one feels an overarching desire to press the play button again. However, more remarkable is the fact that one doesn't grow tired of the music, and thus Signal to Noise should become a long-lived record.

The noted Tommy Hansen (TNT, Helloween, Circus Maximus) handled the production and mixing on this album, and accordingly the result is really good, though I think the lead synth could have been lower in the mix by half decibels. Overall, White Willow's Signal to Noise is a great addition to any prog & art rock enthusiast's record collection, and therefore I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Release date: August 22nd, 2006

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- MAGE (August 13th, 2006)

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Eidtang, Trude Vocals
Frøislie, Lars Fredrik: Hammond C3 w/ Leslie 147, Mellotron M400S, Mini-Moog model D,
ARP Pro-soloist, ARP Axxe, Solina String Ensemble, Roland EP-10, Roland VP-330, Korg
VC-10, Korg Polysix, Fender Rhodes mkII, Hohner Clavinet D6, Wurlitzer A200 and
Bösendorfer Grand Piano
Holm-Lupo, Jacob: Gibson SG Special, Gibson Les Paul Gold Top '53, Rickenbacker 12
String Electric, H. Yairi Acoustic, Jerry Jones Electric Sitar, E-Bow, Additional
Walthinsen, Marthe Berger: Ernie Ball Musicman Stringray, Warwick Streamer LX5, China
Cymbal Smashing
Schou, Aage Moltke: Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Einarsen, Ketil Vestrum: Woodwinds

Dambo, Brynjar: Keyboards
Producer: Hansen, Tommy & White Willow
Mixing by: Hansen, Tommy
Mastering by: Unavailable
White Willow - Signal to Noise  CD  Cover Image
01. Night Surf
02. Splinters
03. Ghosts
04. Joyride
05. The Lingering
06. The Dark Road
07. Chrome Dawn
08. Dusk City
09. Ararat (for Teresa)

Length: 51:32
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