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Prog Folk

3.14 | 90 ratings

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The Lost Chord
4 stars 8.5/10 Great

Oh man, what a wonderful album, and the sound Strawbs had at this time...just breathtakingly peaceful and beautiful. I can't get enough of this, and there is too little of it. In my opinion, you will find that Tony Hooper almost takes center stage with this time of the Strawbs career. Tony's vocals are simply wonderful, soft yet powerful, and his sense of harmony and simple melody is just so pleasent I can't help but wish he had done more with the band, or some solo work. This album is not very progressive, and does not reflect the later sound of the band. Instead this is a very folky album, along with the first album, and this will slowly leave the band as Dave Cousins takes more control and leads the band towards his ideas, which happen to be much more prog-like than that of Tony Hoopers. Togther, though, on this album they create a wonderful sound together. All of the tracks on here are enjoyable, nice little folky melodies, with the band hitting some very strong highs on "Till the Sun Comes Shining Through", and some proggish intensity from Dave on the classic "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake". I find "Till the Sun..." to be my favorite track, and just an astounding rainy sunday morning track for nostalgic, emotional folk out there. This one is a tear jerker, even more so when we learn of the soon to be departed Dave and Tony, and how wonderful they sounded together on this masterwork. The recently deceased Ron Chesterman plays just gorgeous cello on this track, with Claire Deniz's cello gliding throughout. Brings me to tears. "Young Again" is another melodic cake for those nostalgic moments, and I love this track just as much, especially with Tony taking lead vocal. The rest of the album is very enjoyable, peaceful music, not for anyone looking for intensity, craziness or proggish innovations. Great stuff here, an important album to me and stays with me very close and emotionally.

The Lost Chord | 4/5 |


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