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BLONDEL

Amazing Blondel

 

Prog Folk

3.40 | 29 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars If you would except that the leader and brain of the band (John David Gladwin) has left the band; there is nothing really new under the "Amazing Blondel" sun.

There are maybe less medieval sounds in here, but globally the type of music played by the band doesn't leave any place to surprises of any sort. This is folk music: light, acoustic, pleasant at times, na´ve ("Sailing") and straight forward ("Lesson One").

Unlike some other bands referenced in the same category, "Amazing Blondel" is hardly prog. At least so far in their career (but they will never be). One can find some fine acoustic moments ("Solo") which sounds quite Hackettesque. But on a global scope, there are hardly anything captivating on this album.

As usual as well, when a track includes some fluting it is generally of better quality and offers some more freshness to the whole ("Festival"). This is another good track from this "Purple" album. It is followed by the worse and totally useless "Weaver's Market". But it is not the first time that the band offers some surprise like this one.

The album closes on a good note as well: the pastoral and tranquil "Depression" is expressing positive notes and is quite welcome. It won't prevent though the two stars rating (like each AB album so far).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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