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The Morrigan


Prog Folk

2.18 | 3 ratings

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2 stars Throwing it all away

Even though they were formed in 1984, The Morrigan had only released two full length studio albums by the time of the release of this four track EP in 1993. After this it would be another three years before their next release. Maybe they wanted to release this EP to give some sign of life during the long period of silence between 1990's The Morrigan Rides Out and 1996's Wreckers?

War In Paradise consists of three studio tracks and one live recording. The first two tracks were both written by bass player Cliff Eastabrook who also takes lead vocals on the EP's title track. These songs are rather straightforward affairs and the progressive aspects of the band's sound have been relegated to the backseat here. In that way, the material here is something of a "regression" to their simpler, early sound after the more progressive Rides Out. The opener Throwing It All Away sounds like one of Steeleye Span's 80's attempts to Rock out and the highly "funky" War In Paradise is actually even a bit annoying with its rap-like vocals. It is first with The Miner's Song that The Morrigan delivers a song in the style and quality that they have shown on their studio albums, this one would have fitted very well on Wreckers. The live recording is of Fingal's Cave/Spirit Of The Soup the latter of which was the title track from the band's 1985 debut album. In contrast to the original version, this version features drums.

Overall I get the feeling that these songs are leftovers, and with the exception of The Miner's Song and the live recording, these songs are not up to the quality of the band's full length albums. This EP can only be recommended to fans and collectors.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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