Tuesday 2 January 2018
England - Box Of Circles (2017)
The third album from this English band.
England was a quartet on this album with a lineup of mellotron, clavinet, keyboards, piano, lap guitar, guitars, bass, vibes, percussion, drums and vocals.
Numerous other musicians and vocalists helped out on vocals, double bass, drums and guitars.
The band's debut album was released in 1977, their second in 1997 and this one has been released in 2017. A symmetry and a pattern emerges.....
Their first album was great. Their second album was good and..... We will come to that later..
You can read my reviews of their first two albums here and here.
I was really looking forward to listen to this album. So I was scratching my head when the first track filled the room. The opera classic Carmina Burana was not something I expected or wanted to hear. Their version of this opera classic is also substandard and an act of vandalism.
Unfortunate, this album continues down the same path. Some 1980s sounding pop and musical songs follows before we get some opera again.
It is an album I strongly suspect has been released to fulfil this '77-'97-'17 symmetry. This album has nothing whatsoever to do with their excellent debut album Garden Shed. It is a bitterly disappointing album. Avoid.