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AMARYLLIS

Bread Love And Dreams

 

Prog Folk

3.43 | 18 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Bread Love and Dreams third (and last) CD was recorded together with their second (it was supposed to be a double album, but the recording company vetoed that idea), and released a few months after that one. However, it is quite different and it is also their best. Not that I think it is a masterpiece of sorts. It is very nice, ok, it has some good moments, but really, this band is not an obscure outfit from the 70īs for nothing. Their sound is quite common place and it came a little too late to catch the last musical fashion of its day. I guess they would be a lot more known if they had appeared in the mid 60īs. Also I really donīt understand those comparisons to The Incredible String Band, except fro the fact that they are both scotish. I see nothing of their spaced out, freakish acid folk on Bread Love and Dreams. BLD was a much more average folk rock essemble.

But to the album itself: nice stuff. The 21 minute epic title track is obviously regarded as the highlight here and it is interesting, although I see it more as 3 distinctive tracks put together than as a whole piece. It has its moments though and the final part has some very good vocal harmnies between David McNiven and Angie Rew. Besides, the band gets quite a kick from The Pentagleīs rhtyhm section fo Danny Thompson (acoustic bass) and Terry Cox (drums). Both do enhance a lot Mcniven and Rewīs stuff (Thompson in particular is in fine form). Alan Trajanīs keyboards work however is seldom heard here. Personally I liked side two better. It does have a nice selection of independent short songs. Not surprisingly they remind me of a less elaborated version of The Pentangle. The first three songs are among their best ever. Production is excellent: my CD has a very clean sound.

Conclusion: Although I canīt cite Bread Love And Dreams as one of my top ten favorite prog folk bands, I liked this album. They might not have brought anything new to the folk scene, and they may have come a little too late, but their work is worth checking out for those who, like me, like some nice, melodic and well performed folk rock . Rating: 3 stars. Good, but non-essential.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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