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5.0 out of 5 stars
penultimate release from the famous 5!, 5 Dec 2009
Album number five is not the most exalted realease in the Pentangle cannon but for me it's just as essential as Sweet Child or Basket of Light. It was however, a critical (if not a commercial) success at the time of it's release in 1971.
The most strking thing about Reflection is the sheer quality of the production and the gorgeous warm clear sound that is evident from the first strident notes of 'Wedding Dress' to the last meanderings of the 11 minute folk/jazz/psyche closing opus 'Reflection'
The playing is tight and assured as you would expect and the songs (mostly trad folk songs) are of the finest quality throughout. Although relations within the band were allegedly strained at the time, this still feels like a group offering and the five principle players are given plentiful opportunity to shine. For me Danny Thompson's stand up bass underpins all tracks and unifies the sound and feel of the whole album.
Personal highlights are the Jaqcui vocal on the spiritual 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' and Bert's wonderful 'When I get home' but in all honesty the whole thing is unwaveringly brilliant.
Pour another glass of ale, chuck a log on the fire, inhale your herb of choice and enjoy - Fab!