It has no sense to review this album on a track to track basis because it is a consistent album that is in balance. The beautiful voice of Isgaard is the star of this wonderful album. You don’t find hectic musical passages on this album. The music is delicately surrounding that beautiful voice. You can find some great vocal melodies on this album. One of my favorites of the first part of the album is a song called “Tikdabra”. Halfway the track the vocals change into a kind of Arabic chanting. Together with the full strings that were accomplished by overdub recordings this piece stands out for me. They managed to develop a beautiful atmosphere here.
The last section of the album exists out of the beautiful and delicately sung “Into The Great Wide Open” and “Whiteout” a suite which is divided into the parts “The Book”, “Shifting World” and “Whiteout”. The “Whiteout” suite is for me the highlight of this album. The beautiful melodic violin parts in “The Book” give the piece a classical atmosphere. Towards the end the tension of the music is building up towards a kind of climax. In “Shifting World” you can find some Arabic influences next to the vocal harmonies and great orchestration. The title track “Whiteout” has beautiful violin melodies and delicate sung vocals. If you listen to the orchestration parts in this song you will maybe think for the first time of that Sylvan connection of Jens Lueck. The album comes to an end with the short and atmospheric “Shine On (reprise)”.
“Whiteout” the 7th album of Isgaard is a beautiful album full of delicate sung vocals and atmospheres that are influenced by classical, new age and world music. The bright and clear voice of Isgaard sometimes reminds me of the work of Kate Bush. You can find beautiful melodies and great orchestrations on this album. As said before it is not a progressive album but progressive also means that you are an open minded listener. Just check it out.