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5 stars She is back! The great Judy Dyble with her beautiful voice. What a great album, a follow up to the acclaimed former album - talking with strangers. In my opinion Judy Dyble is one of the great singers of our era. From Fairport convention, early King Crimson period with her astonishing "I talk to the wind" version, the amazing Trader Horne album and to our days with all the great albums she make. Her new album is very quiet I would say magical. The starter Black Dog Dreams is a powerful beginner, followed by Featherdancing ? a wonderful song about 3 sisters who wanted to dance. Beautiful Child is a sweet song followed by the powerful Crowbaby. The last song is 11 minutes long and is a great closer to this magnificent album. I can't stop listening and I wish Judy Dyble will keep on singing and bring us joy. This album is somewhat progressive in the veins of the great prog folk albums of the 70's like Trees, Fairport Convention, Pentangle with the unique undistinguished voice of Judy Dyble. Enjoy.
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Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars Judy Dyble has been around and singing for a long time. She was born 1949 in London and 1967-1968 she was the main singer of folk rock band Fairport Convention. She participated on their first record "Fairport Convention" and I think that is what she is famous for. There has been a lot of talk about Sandy Denny, and she has gained a lot of acknowledge, but I think Judy Dyble should have got more attention. Well, as late as 2004 she did her debut solo record "Enchanted Garden" and 2013, this record was released "Flow and Change". It features a lot of instrumentalists, as much as eighteen without her. We have instruments such as flute, cello, french horn, oboe, clarinet and violin, along with more common ones. Of course Judy sings and now I am going to tell you how well she does it.

She does it very well. I am happy because this music has the same great aura as the late 60s brittish folk rock. This isn't very far from for exampel Fairport Convention, though is this less rock. Still Dyble has her own originality kept and her songs are poetic and wonderfully composed. The record has anice artistic cover of a girl looking down on something.

The first song "Black dog dreams" is perhaps the album's best. Here there's no doubt this is progressive. I got the symphonic feeling, not far from Renaissance, and it's also wonderfully folky and who can do anything else than love the brigth voice of Judy Dyble(10/10). The second best track is "Crowbaby" which is calmer and more varied but almost as beautiful(10/10). I must of course mention the long "The Sisterhood of Ruralists" which also is progressive, a long tale with sweaping song and interesting influences from far away. It is very English and I like that(8/10). Otherwise this is contemporary (but not dated) folk which interferes with both history and foreign places. "Featherdancing" and "Head full of stars" must also take place here (both 8/10) as lovely songs.

Beside of those three first songs I mentioned this music isn't so progressive but not less good. I can honestly say this voice Judy Dyble has is very unusual and amazing. This is a dreamy world to take part in as listener. I will give this record four stars. It doesn't contain so many perfect songs, but the record is even and I love the folk style and especially Judy's lyrical voice.

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Posted Monday, October 7, 2013 | Review Permalink

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