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Thread #142803   Message #3295391
Posted By: Spleen Cringe
24-Jan-12 - 08:14 AM
Thread Name: Brand new Albion Band track - FREE!
Subject: RE: Brand new Albion Band track - FREE!
What I meant above was that although a different group of musicians and singers currently hold the AB franchise, they've still locked into the identifiable sound of what mid-to-late period folk-rock has ended up becoming - regardless of how different to this (and better, IMO) any of them might sound as individual performers. I suppose as the earlier incarnations of the AB in more-or-less invented this sound (pub-rock-dad-rock-folk-rock, anyone?), they aren't going to want anyone to start messing with the formula. The album will hopefully have some surprises on - I'm sure artists as good as Gavin Davenport and Katriona Gilmore could do absolutely exquisite folk rock if they can step out of the shadows of the genre's later history...

Sorry if this sounds unduly negative. Folk rock has so much potential and it's a shame it's developed a lowest-common-denominator tendency. The genre could do a lot worse than returning to its roots, for example, Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band: Poor Murdered Woman... or taking note of stuff like this: Alasdair Roberts: A Lyke Wake Dirge.

Just one person's opinion, of course, but Katriona did ask... apologies if my views offend in anyway. I do think the use of Bandcamp is an excellent idea, though.