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RINGING DOWN THE YEARS

Strawbs

 

Prog Folk

2.70 | 24 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The second Strawbs period was not really the most prolific one and these Ringing Down The Years came four years later than their reunion and weak Don't Say Goodbye.

Even if the opening number Might As Well Be On Mars is close to a Springsteen song, the accent on this album is on the folk side. I would say pop folk though because a ballad like Forever Ocean Blue holds more of a syrupy tune than a true folk song.

This album holds too many weak songs IMO to be considered as a good album. Straight forward pop music is what you get here (Afraid To Let You Go): mellowish and not really inspired. Is this really the maximum that the band can achieve? I hope not.

Still, I was expecting more of this album but I can hardly be convinced by Tell Me What You See In Me even if it starts promisingly. My favourite song is the title track which offers some fine melody and a very melancholic tone. It is best listened close to the chimney with a good glass of wine (or any other earthly great stuff).

Most songs featured aren't really thrilling nor moving; Basic rock ballads is the main stream. I was not able to distinguish any great songs on this work. Average music. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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