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FEMME

Sally Oldfield

Crossover Prog


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Tarcisio Moura
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2 stars Sally Oldfield has a long and prolific career since her start in 1978. So many CDs have been released since then that is hard to keep track of her musical trail over the years. Femme was recorded in 1987 and clearly shows that she kind of fell into the 80´s techno pop trap, like so many other 70´s acts, prog or not. The album is filled with those synths sounds and programmed drum machines of the time. So if you´re looking for the traces of her original mostly acoustic work, forget it.

Having said that, I must also say that not everything is lost here. I was surprised by the high quality of some the songs on Femme. At least two tracks, the opener Silver Dagger and the haunting Andromeda Rising, are great tunes with folkish structures and storytelling lyrics (think of Mike Oldfield´s Moonlight Shadow). Besides, her beautiful voice is still intact and she is capable of making even the most standard love song sound fresh and anew. Although that some struff in this CD is weak, none is really crap. Good pop songs that could have been hits. Somehow the musical market missed this opportunity to grace the charts with such outstanding singer.

Conclusion: if you´re a fan of Sally Oldfield, I still think it´s worth to check this out. She is still a great vocalist and her repertoire is not as bad as others have done at the same period. If you like pop music with some interesting folk influences you´ll probably like it. Rating: something between 2 and 2,5 stars.

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