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Fairport Convention


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3 stars The album art doesn't leave much room for doubt. Folk rock alert!

It is quite a tour de force though and the first of two excellent Fairport Convention releases that fully developed their unique blend of epic folk tracks, electrical rock instruments and Sandy Denny's divine chants.

Most songs are really captivating here, apart from a few questionable filler tracks like Si Tu Dois Partir, Cajun Woman and Percy's Song (Am I singling out all Dylan tracks now?). Those songs set off all my 'campfire sentimentalism!' alarms. Genesis Hall and Autopsy are moving ballads though. The music isn't really flashy but more then adequate. The vocals however, they are simply godly, so fragile and melancholic. Sandy Denny's voice must be the main reason Fairport Convention got so successful. The epic Sailor's Life and Who Knows Where the Time Goes also deliver ample proof of that.

Overall 25 minutes of excellent music. That's almost a full-length PFM album :) 3 smouldering campfires!

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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