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BURNING FOR YOU

Strawbs

 

Prog Folk

2.58 | 54 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars I guess that it was difficult for Strawbs to release a poorer album than their two predecessors (Nomadness and Deep Cuts).

And a good surprise is awaiting under the form of an excellent opening song. Very much Moody Blues oriented (but on the good side) and really emotional. It has been quite a time that the band hasn't been so inspired.

But problems started as soon as the next track. Cut Like A Diamond is another attempt to rock which fails dramatically. IMO, this is just not their style (as BJH for instance who also tried desperately to produce such tracks without a lot of credibility IMHHO).

This album is more on the mellowish side, less AOR which in a way is not too bad. Just that these ballad are too sloppy (I Feel Your Loving Coming On or Barcarole).

There are some extremely weak songs as well on this album like the cabaret style Back In The Old Routine.

On the plus side, the excellent ballad Carry Me Home features such a great chorus line and a real emotional pattern. It follows an OK rocker (Heartbreaker). A fine balance of genre. These songs aren't jewels, but they are superior to most of the other ones available and therefore shine a little bit more.

The closing and well named Goodbye is also a pleasant song, with orchestrations a la ELO / Moodies, the melody is catchy and at least it leaves the listener on a positive note.

Still, you shouldn't expect too much from this work. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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