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The Pentangle


Prog Folk

2.71 | 11 ratings

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3 stars Not a day too early

I might be quite alone in my opinion, but I definitely prefer the more recent incarnation(s) of Pentangle (since their return to the music business in 1984) over the early 60's and 70's incarnation(s). The early Pentangle was almost exclusively acoustic, and they mixed Folk music with Jazz and Blues. What they did in the 80's and 90's is generally electrified and a much rockier affair with a broader instrumental palette. Gone are most of the overt Jazz influences and instead they opt for a Folk Rock style closer to that of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span than to Pentangle's own early style. Fans of Fairport Convention will probably recognize Reynardine (a traditional number also recorded by Fairport Convention). But Pentangle's style is really closer to that of Steeleye Span in that they alternate between male and female lead vocals.

Those looking for a genuine Prog Folk album should perhaps look elsewhere, but those who enjoy Folk Rock in general, and likes bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, will be well advised to check out Pentangle's 80's and 90's output.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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