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Strawbs, The - 2009 Dancing To The Devils Beat

ARTIST: Strawbs, The
ALBUM: Dancing To The Devils Beat
LABEL: Witchwood Media
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: David Cousins - vocals, guitar, banjo, autoharp * Dave Lambert - vocals, guitar * Chas Cronk - vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, programming * Rod Coombes - drums * Oliver Wakeman - keyboards, orchestrations

TRACK LISTING: 01 Revenge (Can Be So Sweet) * 02 Beneath The Angry Sky * 03 Copenhagen * 04 Pro Patricia Suite (i) Back Along (ii) All For Each Other (iii) Home Is Where The Heart Was Ever * 05 Where Silent Shadows Fall * 06 The Man Who Would Never Leave Grimsby * 07 The Ballad Of Jay And Rose Mary * 08 Dancing To The Devils Beat * 09 Oh How She Changed



2009 is the 40th anniversary of The Strawbs one of England's best in my ever so humble opinion progressive rock bands. That's right, 40 years and suddenly I feel very old. Having bought my first Strawbs album 'Deadlines' in 1978, if you had told me then I would still be buying new Strawbs product all these years later I would never have believed you but here we are in the waning months of 2009 with what has to be one of the finest Strawbs albums in recent memory.

The Songs
Since the 2004 release of their first studio album in god knows how long, the excellent 'Deja Fou'; Strawbs have been on an impressive musical roll. Reissues, compilations, solo projects and DVD's plus extensive live work in both electric and acoustic modes of presentation, there seems to be no stopping the Strawbs machine and with albums like 'Dancing To The Devils Beat' who wants to? Not I, because here the Strawbs sound is as relevant as it was in the 1970's. The discs production is pristine, the song writing as sharp and witty as ever and the playing is superb as to be expected from these seasoned veterans. With the addition of Oliver Wakeman on keys who by the way sounds very much like his father Rick, there's an added depth to the Strawbs music not heard in quite a while. Going from current events pop with 'Revenge (Can Be So Sweet)', to-die-for folk on 'Copenhagen' and the three part progressive pop jewel 'Pro Patria Suite', it's like the Strawbs never left with an album that reflects back to the very best of their prime- time releases 'Bursting At The Seams' and 'Hero and Heroine'.

In Summary
Naturally, 'Dancing to the Devils Beat' receives my highest recommendation and is easily one of the best albums of 2009 and here's to many more years of great Strawbs music. Cheers!

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