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ACCOLADE 2

Accolade

 

Prog Folk

3.47 | 21 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Accolade's second album is well in the line of their debut album, despite Giltrap's departure from the band after a Sweden tour supporting Colosseum, but there are obvious progressions, primarily due to personnel change. A better-produced album than its predecessor, but sporting another collage artwork, this album didn't get a US release as its predecessor had, but the group's fairly different line-up also provide some change. Apart from a different bassist and Giltrap's lead guitar (replaced only partly by Wizz Jones), there are a few keyboards interventions as well.

The songs have bluesier-folk spectrum than in the debut album, starting with the amusing and opening Transworld Blues so much of the Moody Blues feel of their debut is gone. The tracks are more like Gravy Train this time around, including the odd William Taplin and the closing Long Way To Go (with all too rare piano). But once again, it is the mammoth 11-mins, Cross Continental Pandemonium Theatre Company that grabs most of the proghead's attention with flutes, vibes, bowed bass. It's definitely not the album's only good track, though! Indeed Snakes In A Hole or Spyder To The Spy also good enough for a mention.

Personally this writer prefer their first album for the purer folk touch; but both album are worth discovering, so start chronologically if you can. Apparently az Japan version of this album exists, but whether legit or not is a mystery to me.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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