Lady of White

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Lady of White continues Johan Benson of Elven's tendency toward brevity, and listeners could certainly wish that he would overcome that trend, as the original compositions are pleasing to the ear, and a bit more of his instrumental arrangements would be nice. "Cantus" is an example -- the eerie pipes and deep resonant chanting seem to stop short, at just past a minute and a half in length. Also, the album itself, with only five songs, offers a sampling of Benson's work, yet leaves room for more. If new listeners happen onto Lady of White first, they might wish to listen to the previous release, Elven Starlight, as well, since it offers more selections. Once again, Benson incorporates sounds from nature to good effect, as with the storm sounds in "A Raindrop for Every Tear." "The Shades of Past" contains lilting pipes interweaving over drumming, while "Solitude" joins harp music with the piping. These are more evocative, ethereal compositions, bringing to mind visions of mystical creatures in deep old forest glades with their hauntingly lovely melodies. This is music to inspire fantasy writers, or to add atmosphere to a movie soundtrack. Lady of White is a welcome follow-up to Elven Starlight, with additional material to please both casual listeners and regular fans.