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ENGLISHE MUSICKE

Amazing Blondel

 

Prog Folk

3.67 | 4 ratings

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Kotro
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3 stars Progressive rock factor = 0

Loud rock band turned into a trio of madrigal-singing itinerant minstrels. Not the most usual of career moves. Yet Amazing Blondel pulled it off nicely, as this album persecty demonstrates. Englishe Musicke is a showcase of the band's first outputs. Fantasia Lindum is by far the most represented album in this 70 minute compilation - 51 out of its 56 minutes are reproduced here, with only one track missing (even the cover is the same as Fantasia Lindum). Evensong contributes 7 of its 11 tracks, while England is represented by 4 out of 8. No songs were taken from their self- titled album. As a compilation, it is only suitable as an introductory piece to someone who knows nothing of early Amazing Blondel. But then there is the fact that this compilation features the almost entirety of Fantasia Lindum, which could be unpleasent should you decide to explore the band better by purchasing their early albums. So my advice is, if you want a good sample of the music of Amazing Blondel from this early period, ignore this compilation and get the complete Fantasia Lindum album, and go on from there.

Now, this is very pleasent music, soft on your ears, but not enough as to make you go to sleep. We are transported to the misty fields of mid-17th century England, a time of turmoil, contrasting greatly with the delicate and peaceful ambience conveyed by the music present on this album. This compilation seems to have been oriented towards their most acoustic and folksy material - absolutely no electricity-powered instrument is present here. It is thus dominated by the sound of acoustic string and ocasional chamber instruments, complemented by a bit of wind instruments and percussion here and there. Of course, no madrigal is complete without a good set of vocal harmonies, which the boys of Amazing Blondel deliver exquisitely. All in all, very good showcase of very well executed folk music. But no sight of progressive rock shining through the mists.

Kotro | 3/5 |

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