- Audio CD (11 Feb. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Witchwood Records
- ASIN: B001BARERK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Broken Hearted Bride CD
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Don't get me wrong, this is a good Strawbs album and certainly better than "Blue Angel", a more recent effort than the 70s (although the title track of that album is better than anything on here). "Deja Fou", however, is better.
Dave Cousins is in fine voice and the album is fairly rocky with plenty of good guitar work from Dave Lambert and less folk-rock influence than on many other of their albums but the tunes, for me, are not strong enough to transcend the album from good to great. It's good, yes, but it's not "From the Witchwood", "Grave New World", "Bursting at the Seams" or "Hero and Heroine" to name a few.
So, if you haven't got those, I suggest you get them first!
Almost four decades may have passed since then, and the threat facing the world today may be very different from that foreshadowed on "New World" (witness the title track in which the protagonist's new husband kisses her goodbye before going off to blow himself up on a train) but in his mid sixties Cousins can still pack a punch as a musical harbinger of doom.
With its eastern-influenced arrangement "The Call To Action" ploughs a similar furrow to the Eagles' recent "Long Road Out of Eden", only a lot more convincingly.
Crashing cymbals abound and massed instruments roar menacingly in familiar Strawbs style, while Dave Cousins' unmistakeable drawl presides over it all. Dave Lambert chips in with a couple of decent songs but this is very definitely Cousins' show and he seems to be relishing every moment of it.
It would be unrealistic to expect anything new to reach the heights of their seventies output - and it's amazing how fresh that old material still sounds today - but the prime exponents of prog-folk are still alive and well forty years on, even if these days they seem to be a lot more 'prog' and a lot less 'folk'.
And it seems they're not ready to grow old gracefully just yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disapointed with "Deja Fou" and other recent years cds by this band. Did now owned this one. As a body of work is strong and Dave Cousin s' voice and singin is his best in... Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by Luile
This is a fine body of work which stands up alongside their most famous 1970s albums. Dave Cousins is still not afraid to tackle thorny subjects like terrorism. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2008 by G. P. Jackson