The Strawbs are back and exceeding expectations
The Strawbs have not shared a studio album since the 2014’s Prognostic. They are back, with a studio album called, The Ferryman’s Curse. So, was it worth the three-year wait? Yes! The new studio album has been worth the wait. The Strawbs have exceeded expectations, and that is saying something from one of the most enduring touchstones of the British folk and progressive rock scene. Main man Dave Cousins has never shied away from prickly material and on the new album he seems even more determined to rattle cages.
About the Album
The Ferryman’s Curse lineup is comprised of original member Dave Cousins, long standing members; Dave Lambert (guitar and vocals) and Chas Cronk (bass/guitar/vocals), with Dave Bainbridge (keyboards) and Tony Fernandez (drums). Cousins’ voice is in fine form, his vocal quality is slightly deeper, and his control is on the mark. Cousins co-writes with every member, as well as writing his own songs. The album is full of strong melodies, varied instrumentation, great playing and superb lyrics. The thing to remember is that this is a band, not Cousins with group of studio musicians. The years of touring and playing together has allowed the band to solidify their own sound, yielding a great listen.
“The Familiarity of Old Lovers” is our favorite track. With a backdrop of arpeggiated acoustic guitars and plush orchestral keyboard colors that latter launches into a strong guitar riff that is very melodic. Cousins takes his time in constructing the melody, perfect balancing with the guitar figure. The dual guitar solo is also first-rate. The result is an imaginative track that has all the elements of great songwriting and performing.
The Strawbs first album was released in 1968, so they have been around a long time, but with The Ferryman’s Curse, they have delivered one of their best albums to date. The production and songwriting are unrivaled. Each track takes the listener on a small epic journey of sounds and lyrics that will satisfy and entertain.
Witchwood/Cherry Red Records
The Ferryman’s Curse