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NOMADNESS

Strawbs

 

Prog Folk

2.49 | 53 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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2 stars It's a pity but the band, after the release of the superb album Ghost, decided to change their style and put together a bunch of (supposed to be) radio friendly tunes and try to (re-) conquest american audience.

The main problem is that, basically, this is very far from any adventurous sound. Keyboardist Hawken is gone and the help of ex band mate Wakeman doesn't help.

The ten tracks aren't bad but their structure is flat in the sense that is brought to the essential scheme of a pure folk-rock song. No particular element to impress the listener. No mellotron fluent waves, no intrumental excursions. Still some Strawbs' classic tunes (all penned by David Cousin) as The Golden Salamander and The Promised Land. Tokyo Rosie has funny and catchy rythm.

No, no grandeur at all, unfortunately. On Deep Cuts they will continue the same formula but there ideas will be more mature and still some interesting things will work. With Nomadness the band has only to be remembered because of its downfall to pop market. Not a radical change, to be honest. Strawbs were never a complex prog band. Their soul seems to be gone, though.

2.5

Andrea Cortese | 2/5 |

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