Label: Sotones Music Co-Operative - none • Format: CDr Album, Promo • Country: UK • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
And there are rewards aplenty for those who choose to listen. The best Bardo Pond albums all sound like a Greatest Hits album the second or third time you lower the tone-arm onto the grooves, and this does just that. Get a copy and love it to death. Phil McMullen. If anything it outshines even the magnificent title track. Overall this is a hugely uplifting almost spiritual musical experience. Ian Fraser. On this, her fourth album all these influences are to be found, all welded together by her amazing voice which soars and sweeps, is rich with emotionpassion and power.
With a varied musical buffet and a wide range of instrumentation the album never becomes dull or predictable, the title track moving the drone to the forefront, the voice at its starkest whilst a menacing guitar growls in the distance, powerful music lost in a dark cloud, the percussion adding an extra layer of tension to the piece. As with all good albums normally, there are exceptions it takes a few listens to really get to grips with a collection that has lyrical depth, musical excellence and a voice that ignites the tunes.
Simon Lewis. CD and Download from www. As is so often the case with BoS releases you have to be prepared for the long ride. Patience will out although we never get to hear that super-rare Red Crayola session which Trey mentions in his interview with the band — the tease.
Now I wonder where we can get hold of that one! The other welcome offering is Ritual of Joy which, like Indigo M is, released on the very fine Reverb Worship label in strictly limited numbers in fact both have a run of 50 and no more.
After a series of If You Ask Me - Avital Raz - Infidelity in which Book of Shadows appear to have been more of a collective and have even dabbled with a more compositional approach, Ritual of Joy features the stripped down line-up of Crutcher C, Crutcher S, Ferguson and Steve Marsh guitars and electronics. Well, ringing the If You Ask Me - Avital Raz - Infidelity seems to have worked as the result is one of the best Book of Shadows offerings for a while. Should there be a Woolf Music festival or, dare we hope, Terrastock at any time in the foreseeable future then it would cry out for BoS to perform, say, a special two hour set out in the woods at some point between midnight and dawn.
Is there? Using a host of guest musicians, the collection is an inspired musical trip, the journey taking unexpected turns, through strange landscapes and familiar countryside, a love of early Floyd always a help in these situations. As Sunday Mondays - Vanessa Paradis - Vanessa Paradis added bonus, the CD also includes My Baby Left Me - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmos Factory of the original demos Junction8 - Bad Habit / Beats Like This were sent to Voxx including tracks that didn't make the final album.
Possibly not essential, these are stilll worthwhile additions as they remain in the same style and fit in well ensuring the strangeness lasts to the very end.
This, of course is the albums strength and possible downfall, the sudden changes of style certainly means that nothing becomes stale or predictable, it is just that it is also hard to really get into the thing, however if your collection includes Gong Beefheart, Zappa and plenty of late sixties, early seventies underground sounds then this could well be the album for you.
In fact, this collection could sound like you entire collection in sixty minutes, whether that is ultimately a good thing If You Ask Me - Avital Raz - Infidelity for you to decide, but when you are in the mood for some confusion about what you are actually listening to then this hits If You Ask Me - Avital Raz - Infidelity spot completely, Herbal cigarettes are optional and some good strong ale may well be as effective.
Founder member of Hawkwind, and party and what a party it was to many of their finest hours, Turner is something of a musical polymath who has fronted more bands than you have digits to count on Sphynx, ICU, Space Ritual, All Stars, Kubanno Kickasso, Outriders of the Apocalypse and Project 9 to name but several.
However, charming though these may be, what you really want to hear is whether Thunder Rider can still slice the Dijon when it comes to nailing that iconic Mother Ship Stereotype - Vibrations (File) of yesteryear. Here, though, he makes a pretty decent fist of it thanks in part to some sympathetic production and the fact that for the most part he is comfortable to work within his most effective range and timbre.
Time-warped or timeless? You decide. This may be one of the collections strength, the wonderful melodies, the warm feel and the generally relaxed vibe all creating an album that will drift over you and soothe your troubles away.
Another one of the album's strengths is the fact, that while the songs are all written by Mr Strawbridge there is a definite band cohesiveness to the collection with everybody contributing to the feel, a palatable joy to be heard in the tunes. So, two album that, whilst sounding very different, both prove that quality songwriting will always be around, emotion and feeling more important than the beat or latest style, Amen to that I say, although I do love a bit of Drum and Bass on a night out!
To be fair I could review this collection in one word: perfection, but I guess the discerning reader may need a bit more information presented to them. Those who are familiar with Cubs will know that they blend acoustic instruments with field recordings, the odd swathe of electronics and blasts of electricity, taking folk music into the future whilst retaining elements of the traditional giving the music a melodic heart and a human soul.
As we move on the band present us with full songs, instrumental duets and solo pieces, the wide range of players and instruments ensuring the album has a freshness that really shines across the whole disc, each piece playing its If You Ask Me - Avital Raz - Infidelity in the music creating something timeless and enchanting.
Even playing this now, I am struck by the magical qualities the record possesses, the ability to totally absorb you in its world, as welcome as the first day All In My Mind - Various - Shindig With The Stars Vol.
2 spring and as golden as autumn's finest hour. Lovers of beautiful music should dive right in.
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