Monday 4 June 2018
Morrigan.The - Rides Out (1990)
The second album from this British band.
The Morrigan was a quintet with a lineup of harpsicord, keyboards, recorder, tambourine, bass, guitars, treble recorder, bells, bodhran, drums, triangle, African drums, electric percussion and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
The band was helped out by an xtra vocalist and a fiddle player.
I was not particular impressed by their 1985 debut album Spirit Of The Soup. You can read the review of that album and the other reviews of their albums somewhere else in this blog.
The band plays folk rock in the good old English folk rock tradition.
This album is far more electric than the debut album. It still retains a big chunk of folk music. The guitars is adding a great deal of rock here too.
Cathy Alexander's vocals is as per usual superb and she gets a lot of work on this album. There is also large parts of this album which is both instrumental and pretty progressive. There are some time shifts here which is very symphonic prog'ish.
The music on this forty-five minutes long album has indeed moved a lot closer to symphonic prog too although this is a folk rock album. A folk rock album who also surprises with some classical music too. The harpsicord has been put to good use during this album.
That makes this a very interesting and a good album. There is a lot to be enjoyed here for everyone. Check out this album if complex folk rock and symphonic prog is your thing.