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Chris S
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3 stars Don't get me wrong I am a huge Strawbs follower. Fond memories of seeing them play live in Retford, UK in 1997 and in Worcester, 1999. The realization to be finally see them playing their hearts out now 10 years ago was a dream come true. What struck me most was that, especially in 1999 when Dave Lambert has returned to the fold, was how quickley Dave Cousin's voice had deteriorated. Through no fault of his own, just plain passionate constant use throughout his musical career. Dave Cousin's had one of the finest unique sounding voices in prog. As unique as Peter Gabriel or even David Bowie. And a superb lyricist/poet as well. To hear him in his prime sing " Beside The Rio Grande" off Deep Cuts from 1976 is a jaw dropping experience. Where is this review going? Well post the Heartbreak Hill album sadly his voice has not held up for studio releases, sure the recordings have been smoothed out but as this was such an enormous factor when listening to the band in their prime one can't help feeling a bit disappointed. Dave Lambert also contributes to vocals and his case is not so valid as he was never the lead vocalist as such. What a great combination they make though. The Broken Hearted Bride is a fine effort and has the best line up Strawbs held together, being Coombes, Cronk, Cousins & Lambert with the amazing John Hawken assisting on keyboards.The songs are all pretty good, nothing redefining their immortal golden years other than their sheer passion and love of their music. The title track and and the simplistic " You Know as Well" standout as well as the Sandy Denny dedication and retrofit " We will Meet Again Sometime". Overall a good album and most enthusiasts will enjoy it.
Chris S | 3/5 |


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