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Patchy perhaps but - oh! those Sandy Denny songs
on 10 August 2007
By the time Sandy Denny returned to the fold for this album, Richard Thompson had left and Dave Swarbrick had become the focus for the Fairport sound. Consequently, there's a feeling that occasionally the vision of Denny and Swarb clashed on this album and the whole fails to hang together, with some songs like 'Night-time girl' sounding lightweight and hideously like fillers.
Denny's husband Trevor Lucas chips in with some good railroad type songs to keep the album moving but, when Sandy Denny starts singing her own songs, then everything falls into focus and you can forgive the band anything as then this album sounds as good as anything the 'classic' Fairport line-up produced. The title track is superb, and is complemented by the haunting 'Stranger to himself' but the highlight is the glorious 'One More Chance' 'Chance' is a simply gorgeous song, not only one of Denny's finest but a song to be rated up there with the very best.
To be honest it's worth buying for that song alone.