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ENGLAND

Amazing Blondel

 

Prog Folk

3.30 | 40 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars Charming but unchallenging

Amazing Blondel represents a very sweet and soft Folk style. This music is purely acoustic Folk with lovely melodies and sweet harmonies. While I find this music listenable and even quite charming at times, I must say that it is exceptionally easy on the ear and it offers very little challenge for the Prog fan.

There are sweet harmony vocals here, but not at all the kind of complex harmony vocals that, for example, Gentle Giant are loved for. There are also lots of lovely flutes, but not the aggressive and rapid kind of flute play that, for example, Jethro Tull are famous for. There are strings to give this music a symphonic "sweep", but needless to say, this has nothing whatsoever to do with Symphonic Prog. Rather, the strings make it appropriate to call this "Chamber Folk (Pop)".

The religiously influenced Cantus Firmus To Counterpoint is an utterly tedious song that repeats 'halleluiah' infinitely! This is the weakest song on the album. Sinfonia For Guitar And Strings feature some nice keyboards like harpsichord and, of course, strings.

It must be emphasised that there are no drums, bass or electric guitars on this album ensuring that this music completely lacks a Rock base. This is not necessarily a criticism, of course, but it does put the music of England somewhat outside my (and most Prog fans') musical interests. There are, however, a couple of other albums by this band that I enjoy a bit more than this one.

I really cannot recommend this to anyone other than serious fans and collectors of this kind of Folk music

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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