Friday 31 March 2017
Denny. Sandy – Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (1973)
The third album from this Welsh singer.
This goddess had help from Richard Thompson and other old friends again. There is a lot of strings on this album in addition to guitars, bass, drums, piano and keyboards.
Sandy Denny's vocals is never in doubt. She did a fantastic job in Strawbs, Fairport Convention, on Led Zeppelin's IV album and in Fotheringay.
This was albums which had great music too. Folk rock was her calling and she delivered some cornerstones in that genre.
On this album, someone, maybe herself, decided to remove Sandy Denny from that scene. The result is a pop and a jazz album. Mostly, that is.
The title track is a very good song. But there is some tracks on this forty-three minutes long album which makes me cringe. The jazz bits here, commercial jazz, is not good at all.
As I said in the beginning of this review; her vocals is never in doubt. The arrangements and the songs here makes her 30 years older than she was. This is granny music. And that is not good at all.
The end result is a decent to good album which has just about been saved by the title track.