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Prog Folk

2.76 | 65 ratings

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Frankie Flowers
4 stars Many fans of the Strawbs' classic albums don't rate "Deep Cuts" highly enough, which is a pity. Pretty much every one of their albums had some different things to offer, and mingled different styles together. After the band's album "Ghosts" in which they blended a cool mixture of acoustic and electric guitar riff rock, backed by mellotron, they increasingly moved away from folk rock. But not completely. I think the Strawbs evolved in an interesting way. By 1976, prog-folk among other progressive genres had run head into punk and disco. This group had to rethink their approach, and they still came up with a great bunch of songs. There are some chipper ones, such as the opener "I Only Want My Love to Grow In You", but although this has a more commerical, radio-friendly sound, it's still very good. "Turn Me Round" is one highlight here, just as great as the old stuff with good guitar and organ. And "Simple Visions" is probably one of the bands best ever songs, excellent acoustic rhythm, and electric guitar riff, not to mention great lyrics which interweave Christian themes. These softer sounds are balanced by the hard-edged "My Friend Peter" which is very quirky and unlike the kind of pieces they'd come up with before. "The Soldier's Tale" and "Beside the Rio Grande" are other big standouts with moody narratives, a clear reminder of the Strawbs at their classic best! Four solid stars.
Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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