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Prog Folk

4.16 | 355 ratings

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5 stars From the William Blake album cover on down, this is classic 70ies stuff, featuring strong songwriting and real heart in the playing.

The Strawbs were cautiously dipping their feet into prog-rock territory by this time, their earlier albums being mostly folk and folk-rock oriented.

"Benedictus", which starts off the set, is a tightly constructed pop-song with a delightful organ break in the middle. The chorus goes like this: "bless the soldier, bless the slave, bless the hero in his grave.." and so on...very hymn-like and very unusual rhythmically. Next, "Queen of dreams" is the most psychedelic sounding tune here. True to form the group changes style through all the songs, from gentle guitar strumming folk, via music-hall novelty songs, protest songs, to pounding rock on "Tomorrow".

The Strawbs are still going in 2005, still performing these songs on the road. Which is a monument both to longevity and the fact that these guys are REAL musicians, exceptionally talented, loving what they do.

Grave New World is one of their top 3 albums, the others being "Hero and Heroine" and "Ghosts".

brainway | 5/5 |


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