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Return to Witchwood
Style: Pastoral, melodic, ethnic & celtic
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Reviews for "Return
- "Bjorn Lynne approaches New Instrumental
Music, Symphonic Rock and Synth-Pop, with a special talent
to shape his compositions with a remarkably expressive
strength that we can perceive from the very start of the
album to the second it ends. It is probably one of those
albums where Lynne has imprinted his personality the most
as a musician, as well as his own feelings as a person.
Most remarkable is the ease with which he is so skilled
in sculpting the sound ambiences that evoke impressive
backgrounds and situations. The medieval touches, the
classical and the ethnic shades introduced in certain
passages, all of them are masterful. In its global consideration,
the music does attract the attention of the listener easily
indeed, and submerges us in the sound adventure of a magic
theme the artist proposes us in this magnificient album."
- Amazing Sounds Magazine
- "Picture it. The primeval forest
that covered Europe before history began. Picture a journey
of hundreds of miles on which you see nothing but trees,
rushing brooks and isolated woodland villages. Now, instead
of picturing it, hear it. What you are hearing is 'Return
When reviewing Bjorn Lynne's albums one has to say which
Bjorn Lynne we are talking about. It would be senseless
to compare 'Return to Witchwood' with 'Colony', for example.
You have to take each album for what it is - in this case,
a pure dose of refreshment of the spirit.
'Witchwood' has always been a favourite and 'Return to
Witchwood' develops and expands upon the original concept.
The 'Forest speaks' interludes make a welcome return,
under the title 'Ambience', as do many of the distinctive
instrumental sounds that hover between medieval and modern.
Within an overall mellow feel are remarkably varied tracks,
from the merry 'Under the Bard's Tree' through the magical
'The Ice Maiden' and the sinister 'Alchemist' with its
snaking guitar solo.
Though perfect 'relaxation music', this is no Medwyn Goodall
New Age waffle. The melodic intricacy of some tracks rewards
more active listening, and one gets the impression that
an entire landscape is being painted. The music, together
with the highly evocative track titles, seems to suggest
a story in which to lose yourself, awash with diverse
dynamics and moods.
A special mention must go to Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's amazing
cover art - the best ever to appear on a Lynne release.
It completes another exquisite album; another essential
purchase." - Nick Green,
- "I have listened to this cd several
times now and it just gets better every time. It is just
so good, if you haven't ordered one yet do it now as you
will be missing out of one of the best cds i have heard
in a long time. Turn up the volume, lay back and be transported
to another time and place. Stunning - well done Bjorn."
- Nigel Craft, UK
- "What can I say, another excellent
CD. The music is first class with "Under the bard's
Tree" being my personal favourite track, I can't
stop listing to it. The artwork on the CD case is also
great and suits the style of the CD. Cheers Bjorn on another
great CD, cant wait for your next one." -
Philip Konczak, Scotland
- "Well, this is certainly a high-quality
production. The ambient interludes are amazing - It helped
me to calm down greatly on a stressful day ! It's great
for listening to while working, great for relaxing to
in the sun and great for sending you to sleep with ! This
album is slightly different to the original Witchwood,
and it does seem to slant slightly towards "The Gods
Awaken" in small places. Or maybe that's just me?
Anyhow, this is great, the sound is SO rich!" -
Pete Baker, UK
- "The moment this CD started playing,
I could feel the intense ambience of Bjorn's magical interpretation
of life and nature flow through my mind and soul. "Return
to Witchwood" is in fact a continuation of the mystical
"Witchwood". What can I say that hasn't been
said in the earlier reviews, Bjorn has done it again.
As always, he's produced an album of breathtakingly enchanting
melodies that connect you to your deeper wisdoms and transcends
you to the absolute core of the recording, i.e. back to
nature. Way to go and I'm already looking forward to the
third "Witchwood" trilogy. An album title like
"Spellbound by Witchwood" would be apt!"
- Keith Ramanesh Nair, Malaysia
- "Well, What can I say, this Album
is simply STUNNING, I was Totally Thrilled by the opening
sequence and how it just flows over to the next piece,
A bit like Colony, which also is a Superb Album. In general
Return To Witchwood is a Masterpiece, a pearl in my Collection.
I simply love the Ambience Connecting the Tracks! This
CD is for everyone who enjoys Fantasy."
- Danny Mattissen, Denmark
- "Like the original Witchwood,
this album is full of atmospheric music that conveys many
different kinds of moods and emotions. The music is rich,
warm, relaxing, mysterious and magical - it really does
feel like you are taken on a journey into some kind of
magical fantasy world. At times, the style of the music
does sound a bit like music from the Timura trilogy (which
is no bad thing) but it definately captures the feel of
the original Witchwood music pefectly, so fans of the
original won't be disappointed. All in all, a great album
that is a pleasure to listen to."
- Robert Cheung, UK
- "Fantasy is a genre that we can
easily identify with in literature and film, but most
will have difficulty defining what it means for a piece
of music to belong to the fantasy genre. One has to return
to the basic concept of fantasy - the sensation of escapism...
of being in a different world, apart from reality as we
know it. Like many of Bjorn's albums, including the original
Witchwood and the Timura trilogy soundtrack, Return to
Witchwood is a definitive work of fantastical music. Not
only does it transport the listener off of this mundane
plane of existence, but it does so with such a diverse
and rich quality that we are left wondering whether Bjorn
Lynne himself is not some ethereal minstrel, composing
his melodies 'neath the Bard's Tree in Witchwood, with
his many talented instrumental accomplices. Always a pleasure..."
- Ben Piper, New Zealand
- "I like this CD a lot. I recieved
it a few days ago and I haven't been able to stop listening
to it. Each song flows into the next one and makes an
amazing listening experience. I highly recommend this
for anyone who likes music."
- Matthew Codville, Canada
- "I like to think of Bjorn as
a local musician, since he lives just seventy or so miles
away. And being so close I feel a sort of connection where
none really exists (apart from the collection of friendly
post-it notes that arrive with each CD). My wife has noted
the regularity of the packages that arrive from Wakefield,
so much so that she now refers to each new delivery as
'another fix from your mate Bjorn'. And that's exactly
what they are, musical mood enhancers. So what of the
latest offering? Return to Witchwood has been literally
inspirational, during a quiet phase (some call it writers
block) I listened to the new album over and over and as
I became familiar with the varied moods and patterns of
the music I became aware of various aspects of the fantasy
world I'm writing for my next novel. Not the same world
that Bjorn has in his own head, that would be too much
to ask, but a sense nonetheless of what his thought processes
must have been like at the moment of creation. The music
is unlike my normal Lynne listening (my own favourites
are the Void, Colony etc.,) but there is still that indefinable
feel of familiarity that needs must link the output of
a single performer. In summary the music is uplifting
and the production is first class. This is a piece of
work to be proud of. You have done a great job Bjorn.
Now, what about another return?"
- Mark Lamb, UK
- "Bjorn has done it yet again!
This CD is just amazing! The more I listen the more I
like it... You can feel the soul in the composition of
each track on this CD and I think that's the main thing
I'm drawn to in all music... Just great!!!"
- Toby Lindberg, USA
- "Amazing CD very unique
and full of ideas. Bjorn is a very talented composer and
this CD is like a good movie... It makes you dream and
explore your imagination."
- Jean-Christophe Acquaviva
- "This soundtrack always had that
classical style I am so familiar in Bjorn's music. I would
recommend this as a first purchase since it is one of
the biggest sound tracks on Bjorn's site (you get more
for your money) and the quality is unmatched! If you ever
played "the seven kingdoms," this will be a
delight for you; the track titled "the meeting place"
will certainly bring back memories. Also, fans of “siege
of Avalon” will be awed to hear this soundtrack
in full CD audio opposed to midi quality."
- Devon Rose, Canada