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NEW ENGLAND

Wishbone Ash

 

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3.13 | 119 ratings

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Sean Trane
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1 stars Named after the part of the US where they will resettle, like many other UK bands did (Foghat, Fleetwood, Savoy Brown etc.) and not only for tax reasons, but they were now being forgotten in their volatile-tasting homeland. Unfortunately this kind of move will certainly not push back WA towards their priggish debut, but rather force them down the RnR boogie that was so popular in the States: WA were quite popular during the later 70's, proving that financially speaking they were doing something right. Artistically speaking, however, they had lost me rather quickly after their double-live album, the seminal Live Dates. The tracks are short and concise and are of the typical AOR format, with little space for instrumental fantasies, and I never appreciated Laurie Wisefield's vocals either.

Anyway neither this album, the preceding ones and the following few will break new ground (or anything else for that matter except maybe our ears with that average stuff) and we have a well-made but completely uninventive album of countryish-boogie RnR with little going for itself except its professionalism. By this time of course they had become an AOR group, planning for radio airplay of one or two tracks, and filling a big part of the albums with fillers.

Sean Trane | 1/5 |

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