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4 stars British progressive folk of the late 60's and throughout the 70's holds some of the most magical of albums and groups. The blend of folk, rock, jazz and progressive leanings creates a tapestry that manages to be both magical and sublime. I have been drawn to this genre for many a year now and there are times when I listen to nothing else. It is such a potent mixture.

Fotheringay, fronted by the very talented Sandy Denny, released one album in it's lifetime. The second was shelved but released in 2008. There's a lot of talent on this album. One could argue that it does not reach the heights of the first, classic album but I think that they are almost as good.

Sandy Denny possesses a voice that is simply remarkable. Her warm tone and genuine understanding of the story to be told makes her, in my opinion, the foremost interpreter of the genre. From what I have gathered her approach in the studio was all about feeling. Playing by heart and soul. That I like very much.

A couple of tracks re-appear on Denny's solo effort 'North star grass man and the ravens', such as 'John the gun' and 'Late november'. These tracks say everything about the traits that attracts me to the genre. Whether the versions on '2' are better than on 'North star grass man...' I will refrain from debating. They are sort of similar and at least they are of the highest quality.

There are really only a couple of tracks I care less about. 'Knights of the road', 'Restless' and 'I don't believe you'. They are more in the country vein and while I do like country music it disrupts the flow, I'm sad to say. Otherwise I love every other track. In particular I am moved by the gentle and very beautiful 'Wild mountain thyme', the raging 'John the gun' and the wonderful 'Gypsy Davey'. Great stuff.

So, what rating is apt, then? Well, I suppose the accurate rating would be 3,5 stars but I will round that up to an even 4. This is an excellent album, just as the first one, and you would do well hearing it if you are into this kind of music.

GruvanDahlman | 4/5 |


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