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Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking CD (album) cover


Fairport Convention


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3.58 | 84 ratings

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4 stars One of the most important albums of all time. Fairport Convention is a famous folk band with some progressive bends, so the inclusion of this band in this site is fair. Although I rather see this masterpiece more as a folk album than a prog one. It is indeed a classic, that influenced a lot of albums later on.

Even though this is a folk album, guitarist Richard Thompson gives his rock influences here and there, thanks to brilliant electric guitar passages. To some "Unhalfbricking" might not sound very serious, since it has some very cheerful songs, ( one was sung in French): "Cajun Woman", the Bob Dylan cover "Million Dollar Bash", "Is Tu Dois Partir", and even "Percy's song". But these songs are brilliant, perfect to brighten the mood. "A Sailor's Life" is the song with most prog tendencies, (eleven minutes of an increasing climax that would make all progressive fans drool), "Autopsy" and "Genesis Hall" have a more dramatic touch to them, "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" is a beautiful, touching ballad, one of the best ballads of folk music.

An unquestionable masterpiece, if you ask me, one of those albums that you couldn't deny their importance and influence over a lot of music.

EatThatPhonebook | 4/5 |


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