After a superb debut, it is natural to expect a bit of a decline in the follow-up album, and to my ear there is a bit of one, but not a huge decline. It is very much like the first album, with the modern take on medieval and Celtic themes. This album was released in 1999 and contains 16 pieces, most of which are written by Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night, but they do again take some traditional works are arrange them to fit their style.
As with their debut album, this one opens with the title track. "Under a Violet Moon" is an enjoyable piece, though not quite as addicting as "Shadow of the Moon" was on the previous album. This is followed by "Castles and Dreams" which has a more medieval sound than the opening piece. This is followed by "Past Time With Good Company" which is credited to Henry VIII and has an even more traditional sound, though still certainly a modern rendition. This is followed by "Morning Star" which is one of my favorite pieces on the album and is one of the two pieces which features Miri Ben-Ari's violin. "Avalon" returns to more of the feel of "Castles and Dreams", and is followed by the first of the three instrumental pieces on this album, "Possum Goes to Prague".
"Wind in the Willows" is another great piece, and the only one which has a male vocalist as John Ford guests and shares the vocal duties with Candice. This is followed by "Gone With the Wind" which is another great piece based on the Russian song "Polyushko Pole". Next is "Beyond the Sunset", which is the second instrumental piece and my favorite of the three with some wonderful guitar work by Ritchie Blackmore. This is followed by "March the Heroes Home", which has a lot of supporting guests on it, but falls short of the best pieces on the album for me. "Spanish Nights (I Remember it Well)" is next, and for me this is the best piece on the album. Once again, they draw on Miri Ben-Ari's violin, as well as contributions from other guests, and this one really shines.
"Catherine Howard's Fate" has the misfortune of being placed after "Spanish Nights", and ends up being somewhat unmemorable as a result. "Fools Gold" suffers a similar fate, though it does prove to be a bit more interesting. "Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus" is the last of the instrumental pieces. "Now and Then" helps to bring the quality level of the album up again as it is a nice softer piece and is the only one written entirely by Candice Night. This is followed by "Self Portrait" which as a piece which Ritchie Blackmore wrote with Ronnie James Dio and appeared on their "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" album.
As with their first album, this is one that people will likely enjoy, if they like the Celtic/modern mix of the group, but there are significant weaknesses in this album which are much greater than those in their first album. As a result, I can only rate this one 4-stars, even though some of the pieces on this album are as good as anything they have ever done.