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Stone Angel


Prog Folk

3.00 | 2 ratings

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3 stars What has become of England

Lonely Waters was the second Stone Angel album since their return to the scene (third studio album overall). My first acquaintance with the band was the previous East Of The Sun which I stumbled upon more or less by chance and was positively surprised. A bit later I also managed to pick up Circle Of Leaves, the band's most recent release at that time (though a brand new album has just been released at time of writing!) As I was somewhat disappointed by Circle Of Leaves, I am pleased to report that Lonely Waters is closer to East Of The Sun in both style and quality.

Like East Of The Sun, the present album is filled with Folk Rock of the highest quality in a similar vein to Steeleye Span, but with more instrumental diversity. The primarily traditional material is wonderfully performed on both acoustic and electric instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, flutes, recorders, oboe, accordion, dulcimers, keyboards, and assorted percussion instruments. Rock drums feature on only a couple of the 14 tracks.

The band has as many as seven full members here with a further five musicians appearing as guests on some tracks. There are both male and female lead vocals in about equal measure. The vocal and instrumental diversity makes the album interesting throughout and I find myself enjoying every minute of this fine recording. The sonic quality is high and everything is very professionally performed and recorded. It is however not overly progressive as such. Still, I think this might appeal to many Prog Folk fans. Personally, I prefer East Of The Sun over this one, but Lonely Waters is a good album by an unjustly overlooked band.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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