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This review is from: One Year (Audio CD)
One of the best ever in its admittedly niche genre: string quartet melodic pop rock. Think of The Beatles' 'Yesterday' for the general style (but with a couple of band numbers and orchestras thrown into the mix sometimes on a few tracks). Conjures up images of frosty autumn days, grey skies, moonlight, crackling fires and ice cold wine.
Most - but not all - of these tracks are on the similar-looking 'Some Years / It's The Time Of...' CD album. But don't get 'Some Years', or you'll miss out on some tracks that aren't on that album. Just buy his 1st three albums. My opinion is that the following 2 albums are not as good - some great tracks, but some not so great, as they start to go rockier and drop the quartet. But with albums 2 and 3 available on one CD, it's prob worth getting that too, if you like this first one.
I never made the Nick Drake connection until I read these reviews but now, yes, I see exactly what people mean. Breathy 'English' vocals and small, not-too-busy arrangements.
An aside - I couldn't believe the review from Mr Hamilton / Glasgow is almost the my own life story - prog-rock> Blunstone> girlfriend> album> marriage! And in a final coincidence, our son eventually studied at the GSA, so I know Glasgow pretty well by now.
Isn't life strange? (Who sang that? And didn't a former member of that band go on to write a Colin Blunstone track, and also link up with Mr McCartney of Beatles' 'Yesterday' fame? Answer on page 92.)