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BARE BONES

Wishbone Ash

 

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3.00 | 38 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Bare blues

After the weird and unexpected venture into electronic music with Trance Visionary and Psychic Terrorism, Andy Powell and the band tried out the acoustic format for this album, cleverly titled Bare Bones. Since the band has made many nice acoustic ballads over the years, the potential was clearly there. However, what we get here is largely disappointing.

I was surprised of how Blues-based this album is. Selecting such lackluster blues numbers as Hard Times and Strange Affair was not a wise move in my opinion. The presence of harmonica strengthens the Blues feeling. There is also a folky flavor to several songs, but it is not the kind of acoustic Folk Rock one might expect from a British band but a very American Folk sound. The inclusion of violin, accordion and even Hammond organ provided by different guests seemed promising, but there is not much room left to instrumental workouts here. The Prog-quota of this acoustic album is zero.

The trademark dual lead guitar attack is of course nowhere to be found here and apart from Andy Powell's vocals there is not much here telling us that this is a Wishbone Ash product. Still, this is a decent recording with a few good moments. The highlights for me are Errors Of My Way and Everybody Needs A Friend. The rest of the album is pretty generic and does not merit repeated listens.

I would recommend this only to the fans of the band

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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