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An album of rare intelligence and distinction,
This review is from: Past, Present And Future [Us Import] (Audio CD)For those who grow weary of insipid pop and banal, contrived lyrics,look no further than P,P & F for an insight into the art of classic songwriting. Stewart is a well read individual who has learned his craft as a writer and performer over many years, which is well illustrated in his live performances. His story telling both in song and between songs on stage, is that of a master in communication. Add to that his ability to pen a melody or two of memorable and quirky arrangements, and you have a vastly underated talent that most "pop idols" would give a King's ransom just to be able to tap into.
P,P & F is music for the more discerning listener. I have learned more about History listening to Al Stewart songs than I ever did in the classroom. He has a passion for subjects that whets the appetite like no other artist I know of. Roads to Moscow is a prime example.
Most of the artists I like are the one's who take you on a journey and make you want to get involved in what they are trying to create. Whether it be a live concert or a concept album. There is substantial proof that Stewart works on both levels.
Listen to the stories that he tells, all weaved in wonderful tunes, many inter-twined with stand out solos and dramatic string arrangements.
If you like Take That........then don't take this. However, if you want to know more about a cerebral talent with a very distinctive style, then start here.