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Magic Bus


Canterbury Scene

3.18 | 19 ratings

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Beautiful Scarlet
3 stars 1/3 Caravan 2/3 Gong

This album is a little different then the previous albums which have been quite similar. The focus is on shorter songs which are a tad sillier then before.

Most of the songs are Paul Evans singing in his unique inflection. The first half of the album is largely similar, happy harmonies introduced by their unpaired vocals and brief guitar solos.

On Barleycorn something a little different happens. The song opens with some lovely janky guitar work then goes into vocals accented by a tamboura supplying an eastern flavour.

Squirrel, the longest song clocking in at 7:01 obviously deviates as the other songs are all around four minutes. Opening with a short guitar intro, vocals quickly come (I believe this song is actually about a Squirrel). After the vocals comes a calm chanting section which is not excessive because the vocals are mixed not very loud and doesn't last long. When this is done some guitar chords provide a backing over which e piano solos. The ending to this song is gratifying instrumental work and something the rest of the album lacks.

The last song We Are One is back to the standard style of the album although it has a noticeable kick drum.

Overall this album is alright. It reminds me of old music like 1967-68. 3/5

Beautiful Scarlet | 3/5 |


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