The Broken Hearted Bride - Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride (CD, Album)

It's the reason why I upgrade this average album to three stars. The Broken Hearted Bride is the album that fans of Strawbs' most progressive period to fans have been waiting for. It is easily the best and most consistent new Strawbs studio album since Ghosts which was released more than 30 years earlier! While most of the Strawbs albums released since then, most notably the previous one, Deja Fou, contained some very strong individual tracks but also a few bad ones, The Broken Hearted Bride is a more even effort.

Everything here does not stand out as brilliant, but also nothing stands out as bad. And the album flows really well and there is a perfect balance between slower, mellower tracks and up-tempo ones. The production of this album is far better than most previous albums.

The drums in particular sound really good, and the vocals are not mixed too loud, as has been the case on some previous Strawbs records. The guitar sound is also really good here. Too bad they didn't use the Fiddle more, but it works really well on this song. But it is not bad at all and The Broken Hearted Bride - Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride (CD than the weakest tracks on many other Strawbs albums, even from the 70's.

The problem I have with it is that the too? Too Many Angels would have fitted very well on Deja Fou, it is a mellow, soft song with a slight jazzy feeling, mainly because of the drums. The title track, on the other hand, is a hard rocking song with good guitar work, great drums and a strong melody. Shadowland is the first of two Dave Lambert compositions and it has a strong Procol Harum feeling to it; a slightly bombastic ballad with a symphonic organ sound and piano.

Once again with a pretty good guitar solo. The most progressive song is probably Through Aphrodite's Eyes. But I do not feel that this is a carbon copy of that classic Strawbs song. There are progressive touches on several other tracks as well. And the album Album) lose a bit of its momentum here. But they are not bad at all. The reprise of the Action-theme does not really add very much to the song itself, but it helps to tie the album together very nicely. The last track on the CD should, I think, be considered as a bonus track and not as a part of the album itself.

It is just a decent, but unneccesary re-make of an old Strawbs classic. The Broken Hearted Bride is perhaps not an album that will blow every Prog fan away.

But it is a nice addition to any collection especially if you like the Strawbs albums of the mid 70's, particularly like Ghosts and Hero And Heroine which is the best references for the kind of music this is. At the end this album is quite essential within its particular genre, which is a bit far away from the polyphonic folk of the Renaissance, in the most progressive sense of the term I mean, but nevermind You'll choose to check it out at least, in any case, even by erasing one star from the final score!!

Two more albums on the Oyster label were poorly distributed and one album for Arista, Deadlineswas a commercial failure, while a second record for the label was never released. The Strawbs called it quits at the end of the s, and Cousins embarked on some solo projects in association with guitarist Brian Willoughby that attracted the interest of die-hard fans but few others. That might have been the end of the group's history, if it hadn't been for an invitation to play the Cambridge Folk Festival.

The Strawbs responded, in the guise of CousinsHooperHudsonFordWeaverand Willoughbyand the response was so favorable that a tour was scheduled, which, in turn, led to their return to America in the mid-'80s.

The band followed this up with two new studio albums released in Canada. Inthe Strawbs released their own retrospective concert album, Greatest Hits Live! The group continued to play throughout the decade and into the following century, issuing a slew of live efforts and studio albums.

The original lineup from the Hero and Heroine era returned to the studio in to record The Broken Hearted Bridea return-to-form effort that solidified the band's staying power. After several years of touring in both acoustic and electric lineups, in the Strawbs released The Ferryman's Cursetheir first studio album of original material in eight years.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the group toured America inthen returned with another studio album in 's stylistically eclectic Settlement. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. It's the reason why I upgrade this average album to three stars. The Broken Hearted Bride is the album that fans of Strawbs' most progressive period to fans have been waiting for. It is easily the best and most consistent new Strawbs studio album since Ghosts which was released more than 30 years earlier! While most of the Strawbs albums released since then, most notably the previous one, Deja Fou, contained some very strong individual tracks but also a few bad ones, The Broken Hearted Bride is a more even effort.

Everything here does not stand out as brilliant, but also nothing stands out as bad. And the album flows really well and there is a perfect balance between slower, mellower tracks and up-tempo ones. The production of this album is far better than most previous albums. The drums in particular sound really good, and the vocals are not mixed too loud, as has been the case on some previous Strawbs records.

Album) guitar sound is also really good here. Too bad they didn't use the Fiddle more, but it works really well on this song. But it is not bad at all The Broken Hearted Bride - Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride (CD better than the weakest tracks on many other Strawbs albums, even from the 70's.

The problem I have with it is that the too? Too Many Angels would have fitted very well on Deja Fou, it is a mellow, soft song with a slight jazzy The Broken Hearted Bride - Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride (CD, mainly because of the drums.

The title track, on the other hand, is a hard rocking song with good guitar work, great drums and a strong melody. Shadowland The Broken Hearted Bride - Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride (CD the first of two Dave Lambert compositions and it has a strong Procol Harum feeling to it; a slightly bombastic ballad with a symphonic organ sound and piano. Once again with a pretty good guitar solo. The most progressive song is probably Through Aphrodite's Eyes. But I do not feel that this is a carbon copy of that classic Strawbs song.

There are progressive touches on several other tracks as well. And the album does lose a bit of its momentum here. But they are not bad at all. The reprise of the Action-theme does not really add very much to the song itself, but it helps to tie the album together very nicely. The last track on the CD should, I think, be considered as a bonus track and not as a part of the album itself.

It is just a decent, but unneccesary re-make of an old Strawbs classic. The Broken Hearted Bride is perhaps not an album that will blow every Prog fan away. But it is a nice addition to any collection especially if you like the Strawbs albums of the mid 70's, particularly like Ghosts and Hero And Heroine which is the best references for the kind of music this is. Fond memories of seeing them play live in Retford, UK in and in Worcester, The realization to be finally see them playing their hearts out now 10 years ago was a dream come true.

What struck me most was that, especially in when Dave Lambert has returned to the fold, was how quickley Dave Cousin's voice had deteriorated. Through no fault of his own, just plain passionate constant use throughout his musical career.

Dave Cousin's had one of the finest unique sounding voices in prog. As unique as Peter Gabriel or even David Bowie. Where is this review going? Well post the Heartbreak Hill album sadly his voice has not held up for studio releases, sure the recordings have been smoothed out but as this was such an enormous factor when listening to the band in their prime one can't help feeling a bit disappointed.

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