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CIRCLE OF LEAVES

Stone Angel

 

Prog Folk

3.00 | 2 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars The official soundtrack for a play set up in the local village church

Stone Angel is a Folk Rock band that goes back to the mid-70's (with roots in another band called Midwinter). They released one studio album in 1975 and a live album the year after that, but then it wouldn't be until the year 2000 that they released another album. Since then another two albums have appeared including the present one from 2007 which is the latest to date (but another album is expected this year). Circle Of Leaves contains music written for (and originally performed live by the band within the context of) a play by a community-based theatre group. The play is inspired by various green men legends and characters including Puck, Jack-in-the- Green, Robin Hood, John Barleycorn, etc. I learned all this from the CD booklet and was unaware of it until after I had bought the CD.

Some snippets of spoken word are included between a few songs, but it does not distract too much from the music. The music differs quite a lot from the other album I have by this band called East Of The Sun. The latter is a good, mildly progressive, Folk Rock album. The present album, on the other hand, can perhaps be said to be more progressive (in some sense of the term), or at least it is conceptual, but at the same time it is much less of a Rock album. Given that it is music for a play set up in a church, this is maybe not surprising, but it was a disappointment for me after having been positively surprised with the much better East Of The Sun.

Both male and female voices are heard and a plethora of instruments are used including flutes, accordion, and dulcimers as well as (though discretely) keyboards, electric guitar and bass. I find it an enjoyable, but rather unremarkable listen.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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