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Alan Stivell


Prog Folk

3.27 | 14 ratings

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3 stars This late 1970s effort, "Journey at Home", shows Stivell casting a wider stylistic brush over the still mostly traditional songs and dances. From the opening notes of "Let's Clink Glasses" we can discern subtle jazz inflections and a greater emphasis on textures in the interplay of the musicians.

In terms of overall themes, this is not the Moody Blues' look at the drudgery of daily existence a la "Days of Future Passed", but more of a happily reflective return to the hearth, with spring in one's step, and the simple pleasures of being at home with friends and family. The album returns occasionally to such thoughts without overplaying them or holding to them dogmatically. For those practicing patience, the reverent beauty of "The Three Knights" will reveal itself in time. It leads gently into "In Front of the Hearth", in which his lovingly plucked harp is joined by mystical whistles. At times they seem to be running different tracks, respectful like a long wedded couple in which each recognizes the others' unique gifts.

Curl up by the fire with your favourite companion in any guise, and enjoy this comfort food for the ears and spirit.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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