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Prog Folk

2.88 | 45 ratings

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3 stars The last resort

The second half of the 70's saw Strawbs release four studio albums that were rather badly received. This unkind reception was in my opinion unfair, but still somewhat understandable. While all of these albums (Nomadness, Deep Cuts, Burning For You, and the present album) featured at least some good tracks, none of them were great as a whole. Deadlines was to be the last of these releases (though, they did record Heartbreak Hill in the same year but it wasn't released until 1995). After this, Strawbs would go on a lengthy break from music and not return with a new album until the late 80's.

The music here is maybe not fundamentally dissimilar to that of the previous two albums (Deep Cuts and Burning For You), but with a bit of a New Wave-ish feel here that makes it stand out from the rest in a not very good way. Both the Folk and the Prog are almost completely absent here, and instead we get decent quality Pop Rock. The best two tracks are the final two, Deadly Nightshade and Words Of Wisdom. On these tracks, we at least get some of the older feel.

Needless to say this is not a good place to start for the newcomer, though it is recommended for fans like myself

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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