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Peter Sinfield


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3.31 | 30 ratings

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3 stars Even if some Crimson friends were joining for this single and only Sinfield album, this can hardly be compared to the work of the band.

The mood is very tranquil, almost folkish at times. This version is a re-edition of the original album released some twenty years before and for an unknown reason, the sequence of the songs has been almost completely changed.

Two bonus tracks are available as well: the opener "Can You Forgive A Fool" which is very much pastoral and features some pleasant keys. The second one "Hanging Fire" is a candid and folk acoustic song. Not really what one could have expected while looking at the musicians performing here.

Some jazzy atmosphere for "The Night People" which is the longest track of the album. It features a fine middle part and ends up in some sort of Crimsonesque section. The worse track here being the country style "Will It Be You". Absolutely dispensable. And the rocking "Wholefood Boogie" is no better.

I far much prefer "The Piper" which definitely relates to the soft moments from "In the Court.". Which is also to be noticed in the following track "Under The Sky" featuring some fine fluting and light sax work.

It seems that the best numbers have been placed right one after the other, but late in this running order. The third one in a row being the crescendo-type "Envelopes Of Yesterday". But the best of this album is IMO the very melodic "The Song Of The Sea Goat". A beautiful and sweet piece of music with magnificent flute and superb keyboards. A poignant number. Just as "Still" featuring Lake on vocals.

There are some pleasant moments but nothing from the other world on "Stillusion". No real highlight either (except "Sea Goat"). The album is really saved thanks to its second part.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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