Tuesday 12 May 2020

Prudence - Drunk and Happy (1973)

The second album from this Norwegian band.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of mandolin, accordion, guitars, bass, drums, congas, flute and vocals.

I have to admit that I regard this band as one of the best ever Norwegian bands. They were also one of the first Norwegian rock bands and toured the rather difficult to tour Norway relentless during their career.

Prudence was a folk-prog band. Their first album was very much in that vein and so is this album.

This album is a mix of some really pastoral progressive folk rock songs and some more rowdy, and I guess, crowd pleasing party songs.

The title track is a good example. It became a mini anthem for those who liked to be drunk and it was sung by these Norwegians when they were drunk. It is a party song but also a good one. Although being drunk can  also give you a black eye as shown on the cover art-work.

The accordion, mandolin and flute fits in nicely with some rather hard guitars at some of the songs.

The song Sawmill showcases the more pastoral progressive side of the band. It is one of my all-time favourite Prudence songs.

This almost forty minutes long album has a mix of decent and good songs. The last song on this album is rather blushing bad and one I want to forget.

This is still an album well worth checking out from an undervalued band.

2.5 points

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