(All Album Reviews by Hunnibee)
This is a very delightful and fun album by an established folk prog band. Although they have an eclectic line-up, Tempest has a definitive Celtic sound to their music, which is clearly evident on this album.
Inspired by the life of Captain Kidd, The Double Cross takes you on an exhilarating journey into the past, weaving bittersweet tales of adventure while kicking butt with hard-driving instrumental tracks. It almost makes you want to get up and dance!
I was spellbound right away with the opening track, which does homage to the famous pirate, and was swept away by each song thereafter. I never knew Celtic music could rock like this! Many of these songs are adapted from old folk tunes from diverse places such as Norway, Scotland, and even early America. Performed with instruments ranging from bagpipes to the didgeridoo, somehow, it all fits together nicely and carries the listener along for a breathless ride. The instrumental “Black Eddy” is my favorite track.
The CD includes a bonus computer video, sort of a behind-the-scenes interview, and is produced by Robert Berry, whose professionalism is evident in the smooth flow and balance of this album. He is also a guest on the keyboards.
While this is not normally the kind of music I listen to, I highly recommend this album. Every band should have a pirate song, and having a female bass player is always cool. Check out their spring tour schedule on their website and catch them live. I intend to!