Monday 22 January 2018

Strawbs - Hero And Heroine (1974)

The seventh album from this British band.

Strawbs was a quintet on this album with a lineup of guitars, synths, mellotron, electric piano, piano, organ, bass, drums, percussion and vocals.

I have reviewed some Strawbs albums this winter and you can read these reviews somewhere else in this blog.

The band had some lineup changes after Bursting At The Seams. That resulted in a bit of a change. Mostly that John Hawken and his tangents comes more to the forefront. David Cousins is still very prominent on the guitars and vocals.

Hero And Heroine is also where Strawbs moved a bit closer to the symphonic prog scene and adopted a much more symphonic prog sound and song structures. Which is very evident on the first track, the Autumn suite.

References here are The Moody Blues. The reference is pretty evident throughout the album. The use of mellotron and organs also gives this game away.

The band never really leaves the folk rock genre behind on this album. There is a lot of folk rock here and a lot of catchy songs. The most catchy song is the great Shine On Silver Sun.

Indeed, the quality is very good throughout this forty minutes long album. It is an album both folk rock and symphonic prog fans will really like. Check it out.

3.5 points

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