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L' Herba D'Hamelí

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3 stars Their unreleased album, made available as a free download.

Herba D Hameli has arrived in the rather stagnant folk scene as a fresh breath of air. Their three albums is superb. Their mix of jazz and folk is excellent. L'aplec dels bojos though was not officially released, but can be found as a free download from their website.

On this, their third recording, the Herba D Hameli comes across as a mix of Jethro Tull and a swinging jazz band......... with strong elements from the likes of Caravan. The approach on this album is very much the same as the Canterbury scene bands. The use of Hammond organs is very much like Caravan.

There is a great deal of warmth and humour in the songs. The musicianship is as high as on the rest of their albums. The vocals is pleasing. The song material is slightly weaker than their three official albums though. But this would still have been a good album. It is a borderline between three and four stars. I would give it three stars. Herba D Hameli is an excellent band and it says everything about their standards that they scrapped an album which most others would had been proud of.

3.5 stars

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Posted Sunday, March 21, 2010 | Review Permalink

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