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BLONDEL (THE PURPLE ALBUM)

Amazing Blondel

 

Prog Folk

3.36 | 22 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars "Amazing" Folk Pop

Finally I have been able to put my hands on this album, which has for a long time been the missing piece in my Amazing Blondel collection. I now own it as part of a 2010 two-on-one CD release together with the group's previous album, England (just as their Evensong and Fantasia Lindum albums were released together some years ago). While England, for me, was something of a disappointment, this gorgeous little album entitled simply 'Blondel' has very quickly become my favourite in the Amazing Blondel discography. With this album the acoustic Folk group took a step closer towards the Pop and Rock world. Though the trio was reduced to a duo for this album, they invited a handful of guests to provide various instruments. For the first time we hear bass guitar (played by Steve Winwood) and drums. But this tendency should not be exaggerated as this is by no means a full-fledged Rock album. This is still strongly acoustic and it is still very much a product in the distinctive Amazing Blondel style. The progressive aspects are definitely present, but subtle.

In some ways Blondel might be seen as a transitional album between the group's Folk phase and their later Pop phase. As such it is an interesting mix between the two styles and the tunes are very charming indeed. Prog Rock fans might perhaps question the relevance of Amazing Blondel here, but anyone with a taste for acoustic Folk Pop should not miss this lovely album.

This album is a very good place to start if you want to investigate Amazing Blondel. A solid three stars and a worthy addition. Recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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