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BASKET OF LIGHT

The Pentangle

 

Prog Folk

4.09 | 83 ratings

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OGTL
4 stars Pentangle's warm mix of free jazz, traditional folk, blues and slight gospel is a real winner, they are a band of competent and inspired musicians that work very well together. Jacqui McShee handles her vocals very well, they are pure and beautiful. The male singer isn't quite up to par, his wavering voice is best in moderation. He does however sing delightfully on one of the best Pentangle songs "Springtime Promises". They have a old rustic traditional feel, pure acoustic instrumentation, with the talented Danny Thomson on inspired double bass, and dual acoustic guitars that evoke a strong sense of melody and rhythm.

There is variety here, much folk, some traditional songs, and all are enjoyable. Not much "prog" here, but the innovative use of acoustic instruments and the bands cooperation makes for a great listen. There are some irritating moments, like "Lyke-Wake Dirge", a droning vocal hymn, or the upbeat "Sally Go Round the Roses'. And there are spectacular songs, the excellent "Light Flight", "Spring Time Promises" and "Train Song" which are essential folk songs.

Those interested or inclined in easy going and light hearted music will enjoy the releases of the Pentangle. "Basket of Light" is an excellent starting point and a great addition to any music collection.

OGTL | 4/5 |

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