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REFLECTION

The Pentangle

 

Prog Folk

3.44 | 34 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars If the previous album Cruel Sister was a minor disappointment, this album is back on track with the very high Pentangle standard, rivalling in quality with Basket Light. If BOL has some brighter spots than this album, this album is really more even with not one single song under the excellent mark. Another good point for this album is that they are using an ever-increasing amount of instrument including regular uses of sitar and banjo.

Wedding Dress picks up where the Carpenter cover had left off but adds to it a bowed bass. Omie Wise is an incredible bed of guitars arpeggios and great Renbourn vocals. Another exciting cover is Circle Unbroken, but the highlight of the album is When I Get Home. Rain And Snow is again another banjo-lead track but it is mixed with a great sitar, Helping Hand is a much-needed rest after such a barrage of incredibly high standard track succession. So Clear is the second track to calm things down and quite superb, but I believe it was a mistake to place it back to back with Helping Hand. The title track is finishing off the album in a very moody manner only fitting with the title of the album.

Reflection is clearly the other highlight of Pentangle's studio record career, and truly the album will prove almost impossible act to follow. They will try with Solomon's Seal but this will be the last of their classic albums

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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