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Almost perfect...4.5 stars,
This review is from: Ghosts (Audio CD)
On "Ghosts", the Strawbs continued in the same vein as "Hero And Heroine" but with a bit darker edge. The problem arises out of the clash between some of the lighter material with Dave Cousins' moodier pieces. Dave Lambert's "Don't try To Change Me" sticks out like a sore thumb, as did most of the songs he wrote for the Strawbs. The first half of the album is a bit lighter in mood, so why that Lambert song got placed on the second half, following one of the darkest songs Cousins ever wrote, "The Life Auction" puzzles me. Was it comic relief? Complaints aside, this disc does contain some classic material from Cousins. "Ghosts", "The Life Auction", "You And I" and "Grace Darling" rank among the best songs he ever wrote.
Keyboard player, John Hawken had a very unique sound and seemed to fit the band even better than Rick Wakeman. His fingers may not have been quite as fast as Wakeman's, but he understood mood like no other keyboard player that ever worked with the Strawbs. This was his second and sadly, his final work with the band.
"Ghosts" was the last great album from the Strawbs. They followed in less than a year with "Nomadness" which was good, but far from great. After that, they left A&M, proceeded to morph into a power pop band and failed badly.
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2012 1:09:11 PM PST
Luckily they came back and are still alive and well in 2012 - although nothing is yet as good as the Albums Bursting at the Seams, Hero and Heroine and Ghosts. Note that I did not include Grave New World into this list, partly as it is as great as those 3, but there are a few "sore thumbs".
Talking about sore thumbs, I bought the album back in the old days when it originally released and heard it numerous times, but I never felt that Don't try to change me is sticking out, for me Where do you go is the only weak song ...
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