Tuesday 17 April 2018
Wishbone Ash - Bona Fide (2002)
The 21st album from this UK band.
Wishbone Ash was a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, organ, sampled flutes, percussion, piano and vocals.
Four other musicians provided guitars, percussion and backing vocals.
I have reviewed some of their albums earlier this year and you will find these reviews somewhere else in this blog.
Besides of Andy Powell, all the original members had left the band by now. This is something Andy has described in his biography you can get in all good online bookstores. A very good book, btw.
Wishbone Ash had also split into two bands with the same name. A conflict only resolved through an expensive High Court case in London, UK.
Music wise, there is not much to be joyful about Wishbone Ash on this album and most albums they released after 1980.
Bona Fida is a straight forward rock album with some hard rock and US arena rock influences. There is also some very strong country and americana influences here.
The band have their own sound and it is not easy to explain. The Americana influences sets them apart from most bands.
Bona Fida is three quarters of an hour long and it has some decent songs. There is no good songs here and nothing to be joyful about. It is a run of the mill Wishbone Ash album.