Stein - :Haldor: (CD, Heimatfolk/Steinklang)
I have mentioned a several times, that I'm not a big fan of German Neofolk. To many musical dilletants, to often The Führer's glancing from behind. But Stein reconciled me with the genre. ":Haldor:" is a nice album, I can recommend without remorse. Not everything is perfect, but it's an honest album.
Some may know singer and writer
Norbert Strahl from his former bands Dies Natalis and Seelenthron. With
Stein he opens a new chapter of the same book - for more than twelve years
he's doing folk influenced music. So you can say his heart belongs to
this kind of sound and you can hear this as well. With Mario Storch (git,
voc, trump), Julia Wnetrzak (git, back-voc), Elisa Oertelt (base, choir)
and Robert Heinke (perc) he has found dedicated musicians, that make Stein
a real band.
Of cause there are some things to critisize. Maybe some people won't like Strahls voice - but that's the problem, every singer has. By myself I'm not always happy with the background choirs. For me sometimes it's a bit to much, sloping into kitsch. But this is not a reason to damn the album for. Songs like "Norwegen" easily help me to forget my little animosities.
If you like Folk music besides chord-covered misanthropy, just check this out!