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Candice Night: Starlight Starbright

Children’s favourites.

While hubby Ritchie Blackmore prepares to briefly reprise his role as a rock guitar legend, Candice Night has surrendered to her inner child, courtesy of the joys of motherhood.

If you can get past the opening Rock A Bye Baby lullaby and somehow forget that Annie’s Song is lurking further along, there are a couple of diverting Disney classics and cute covers of Marilyn Monroe’s Down In The Meadow, Faith Hill’s Fireflies, Plumb’s dance hit In My Arms and Kenny Loggins’ Return To Pooh Corner. But the treacly treatment smothers their charms.

Ritchie gets a couple of co-writes, and daughter Autumn continues the family tradition with some lyrics. But it’s a sanitised vision of childhood with no tantrums, snot or even grazed knees.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.