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THE HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER

The Incredible String Band

 

Prog Folk

3.42 | 52 ratings

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4 stars The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is the 3rd full-length studio album by UK folk rock act The Incredible String Band. The album was released by Elektra in 1968.

The music on the album is psychadelic folk rock with progressive elements. The 13:09 minute long A Very Cellular Song is the best example of the progressive side of the band´s sound. The band play fully acoustic music ( Ok there´s a hammond organ somewhere, and that doesn´t really qualify as acoustic, but still) and in addition to acoustic guitars there are a lot of exotic acoustic instruments on the album. I´ll not name them all but flute, harp, Jew's harp, harpsichord and gimbri are just some of them. The many different instruments create a varied and warm soundscape and some of the most exotic ones also create an eastern tinged sound. The vocals by Robin Williamson and Mike Heron are pleasant, warm and at times quirky and humourous. The atmosphere on the album varies between jolly and dark which is a thing I think the band masters really well. All songs on the album are well written and cleverly arranged and the production is of high quality too.

The band´s 2nd full-length studio album The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion (1967) was an excellent release and while The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is certainly excellent too, it´s not fully on par with The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion IMO. I´m not sure what it is but I just like The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion better. Still The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is worth a 3.5 - 4 star rating and I find that it´s a highly recommendable album if you´re interested in psychadelic folk rock with progressive elements.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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