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Culpeper's Orchard


Eclectic Prog

3.30 | 33 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars The second album of this Danish group has very similar sound textures as found from their first album. They are emphasizing acoustic, carefully constructed harmonies, analogue organs and beautiful singing melodies for painting lush feelings to being paired with upright rock'n'roll passages. In addition of the more delicate and dynamic parts, there are also some quite straightforward and more unimaginative moments here, like the track "Classified Adds" - A symptom of filler-track syndrome, which was diagnosed already on their first album. The beginning of the fourth tune "Late Night Woman Blues" returns back to more ethereal feelings, morphing as a traditional blues number with acoustic slide guitars and amplified rhythm guitars. The fifth song "Mind Pollution / Weather Report" starts then as a more traditional sounding folk number, with still some bluesy elements echoing underneath the dreamy sequences, later opening up as a more straightforward rocker. Though there are quite basic rock movements in this music, the tracks evolve in pleasant way from one feeling to another, creating nice contrasts and increasing the musical content to the conventional rock tapestry, making the music pulse with emotions. Again on the next song "Autumn of It All" track the music returns to the folky moods, and the last song "Satisfied Mind" continues the folk style, but maybe moving towards more American country folk music, a style where I understood that part of the band members moved after this release. Though there's some skillful rock jamming on the presented themes in the end of the song, maybe this track wasn't my cup of tea still. This probably won't make their stuff poorer, but it surely makes this more mainstream music in my opinion. If you like bands like Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, Nazareth, The Who etc. and want to check out something more exotic but little similar, I would recommend this record along with the first album of Culpeper's Orchard as exceptionally good targets for listening. As an anecdote, the album cover picture is done by the Swedish artist John Bauer, work illustrating "Tuvstarr is still sitting there wistfully looking into the water") from the year 1913.
Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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