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BLESS THE WEATHER

John Martyn

 

Prog Folk

4.04 | 23 ratings

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Frankie Flowers
4 stars Bless The Weather along with the album Solid Air are known as John Martyn's best efforts and there should be no disappointments from either, but somehow this album has the edge. The songs shine with innocence and inspiration. From the sublime opening piece "Go Easy On Me" we're presented with warm vocals and playing, which often remind listener's of Martyn's friend Nick Drake. But the music here floats by as though borne on a breeze. Given the right mood it is really a positive experience. As another reviewer already said, this marked the point in this artist's career where he was showing more of a fusion of styles, the unusual blend of his folk and soft jazz in particular, which is quite special. The title track is one of the most beautiful examples with the double bass and acoustic guitar interplay. Other touching arrangements include the mellow piano and guitar on "Just Now". Many fan favourites often include the title track mentioned above and "Head and Heart". Martyn's first real 'echoplex' track "Glistening Glyndebourne" is also quite a gem and not self indulgent as some people might expect. And I love his version of "Singin' In The Rain". I don't think many could sing it in a softer, more charming way than Martyn. Stunning album in all, whose power grows stronger on each listen. Four solid stars.
Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |

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