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4 stars Hero and Heroine is the last great album that the Strawbs made in the 70's.

It is varied in its styles and moods and contains in Autumn, a song to rival previous greats such as Benedictus and Hangman and the Papist.

The Album starts with Autumn 9/10- a three part epic, it starts with organ and acoustic guitar and the lyrics a re moving, Dave Cousins singing is majestic and the guitars frfom Cousins and Dave Almbert are glorious.

The next song Sad Young Man 8/10 is a sad little song, mellow in its tone and sad in its words, Cousins paints a picture of a sad life with no hope, but a sort of redemption.

Just love 6/10 is a song which seems out of plce, rocky, bouncy and a love song with a happy lyric, Dave Lambert wrote and sang this and its a welcome addition to the album.

The next track is Shine on Silver Sun 8/10- a mellow song with a brilliant lyric.

Side two kiacks off with the title track Hero and Heroine 10/10 a storming tale of love gone wrong, the lyric which has the biggest effect on me is " Hero could no longer speak, while realising he was weak"- This song may be about drugs but im not sure.

Midnight sun 7/10- is a lovely little song not much more to say.

Out in the Cold 9/10- is a brilliant song, Dave Cousins is at his best when he writes about love gone wrong, and this is one of the best examples, a brilliant little song, sad and lonely thoguh Cousins is in this song it gets even scarier on Round and Round 10/10- as scary a song as The Stawbs ever recorded. Cousins makes you his plight is real, the opening lyric is " I drew the blade acroos my wrist to see how it would feel, looked in to the future there was nothing to reveal". Tjhis song is a terryfying addition to this record and is all the better for it.

Finally comes Lay a Llittle Light On Me 8/10-, a song of awsome power and depth, this sonng seems to be an attack on Catholicism and the teachings of its church.

Again Cousins makes you believe in what he is singing, the song is an excellent end to the record.

Listen to this album with an open mind and you will find much to enjoy, this is a record of power and depth and is an excellent copmpanion to Grave New world and Bursting At The Seams.

Byron73 | 4/5 |


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