Sunday 8 July 2018

Morrigan. The - Hidden Agenda (2002)

The fifth and final album from this British band.

The Morrigan was a quintet with a lineup of recorders, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, flute, percussion and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
A guest musician provides banjo and harp.

Their first four albums are some pretty good to very good. So much that this is a band I really like.

Hence, I was looking forward to this album.

I were in for a shock.

The album starts with some weird reggae sounding tones and continues with that and some indie pop like tones on the opening song Swallow's Tail. Is this really The Morrigan ? It is.

We then move into a much more familiar folk rock landscape again. Cathy Alexander's excellent vocals soon shows up to the party.

Then we get some more baroque symphonic prog and some rather weird indie rock and vaudeville rock in addition to some of the more familiar folk rock. There is even a folk pop ballad here, performed by Cathy Alexander. That is before the album is closed by some folk music jigs.

This a very ambitious album from this band. The music is everywhere and it is not easy to get where the band is going with this album. I have given up, to be honest.

There are some good stuff here and some not so good stuff on this one hour long album. I am a bit disappointed, I have to admit. Their Masque album from 1998 is still their best album. Hidden Agenda is not their finest hour.

2.5 points

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