Thursday 22 March 2018

Horslips - The Táin (1973)

The second album from this Irish band.

Horslips was a quintet with a lineup of fiddle, concertina, mandolin, guitars, bass, drums, banjo, Uileann pipes, concert flute, whistle, keyboards, bodhran, percussion and vocals.

Horslips returned again with their second album.

I reviewed their debut album some days ago and I quite liked that album. You can find the review and some other Horslips reviews somewhere else in this blog.

The Tain is regarded as the band coming into their own. It is an unusual album, even these days where everyone does Irish folk music or even Irish rock with a touch of Irish folk music. This album still stands out.

The mix of Irish folk music and Anglo-Saxon rock music is pretty unusual. The folk music is very wild inbetween a couple of more pastoral songs. The rock music is pretty dark with a hint of Black Sabbath.

This is also a concept album about an Irish mythology saga. I am not sure what it is all about.

The music is pretty dark and brooding. The quality is very good and this must surely be one of the better Irish folk rock albums out there. Not that I am an expert. But this is a very good album indeed and a must have for those into folk rock.

3.5 points

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