on 18 June 2009
This is a love album. It's the most romantic album he ever recorded, hence the title, Angel Clare. "Angel Clare" is the name of Romantic hero in Thomas Hardy's famous novel, Tess of the d'Urbervilles. This is one of my favourite records by Art. It becomes so vintage now that you can't even find this rare album. In this album, he celebrated all the love songs in different styles and forms of music ranging from pop, folk, easy listening, lyric-driven ballads, etc. But the main theme here is "love". After Simon and Garfunkel split up, Art went to record the kind of songs he really inspired to sing, mainly they are poetic art songs like a classical lieder. They often tell a story. He is the best when he interprets Jimmy Webb's love ballad such as "All I know"...ending with the most romantic verse, "I love you is all I know".