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BLUE HORIZON

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4 stars Wishbone Ash are still going strong. The new millenium is very constistent. Andy Powell has a steady and energetic group of musicians in his band. For almost seven years the line-up is the same.

This new album is exactly what you woul expect from the Ash: folkrock, bluesrock, progrock and even some jazzfusion, lots of twinleads, beautiful melodies, some riffing, some clean guitar. They even added some fiddle in two songs.

Andy is perhaps not the most famous and outstandig leadvocalist but he always does a good job.

This album reminds me sometimes of Argus but also Illuminations, There's the Rub and No Smoke Without Fire.

This is not only one of the best records the band ever put out, but perhaps even the best record of 2014 of any band.

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Review Permalink
1 stars For fans of the classic Wishbone Ash sound, Blue Horizon does not warrant a high rating, particularly in the Prog Archives. The album has neither the classic Wishbone Ash sound, nor much progressive content. But, to be fair, a lot of Wishbone Ash music after the first few albums should be classified as classic rock, not prog rock. The music on Blue Horizon is essentially blues rock, this being the case with most Wishbone Ash releases under the leadership of Andy Powell. One notable exception is the 1996 Illuminations album, and it appears that former band member Roger Filgate had a lot to do with that album. The music on Blue Horizon is played well enough, but the songwriting is not very imaginative. Listening to Mk I and Mk II Wishbone Ash from the 1970s, it's apparent that singer, songwriter, bass player, producer Martin Turner is the prime source of the classic Wishbone Ash sound. It also appears obvious why the joint compositions on the early albums are credited to M. Turner, S. Upton, T. Turner and A. Powell, though the credits sometimes get listed alphabetically in the revisionist history of the band. For the classic Wishbone Ash sound, check out Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash. If you want to hear some really good blues rock, check out the Allman Brothers Band, who blend blues, jazz and rock in innovative ways.
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Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Review Permalink

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