A few days ago we wrote a review about this Prog Folk-Rock band’s first self-titled album that was released in October of 2012. And almost 5 months later, they released their second album named “Derring Do”, which was astonishingly quick. In the previous review, we mentioned that this band tries and succeeds reviving the sound of the Folk-Rock scene of the ‘70’s. Well, as it seems they don’t stop there.
For those who are young and don’t know what was going on back then, we should mention here that the bands of the ‘60’s and’70’s were ‘full time” bands, which means that they were releasing records one after the other, and often in very short periods of time. In our days though this comes as a big surprise.
Now a few info on the band: Mr. Chris Wade as we have mentioned before, seems to be the mastermind of the band. In the first record he gathered a great group of musicians and brought them under the roof of “Dodson & Fogg”. This new record is no exception to that. There has been a few changes in the line-up though. So, the new line-up is the following:
Chris Wade: Vocals, guitar, keyboards, flute, percussion
Celia Humphris (From the band “TREES”): Vocals
Nik Turner (From the band “HAWKWIND”): Flute
Colin Jones: Trumpet
Alison O'Donnell (From the band “MELLOW CANDLE”): Vocals
Amanda Votta: Flute
The record itself sounds like a sequence to the first one, in its most positive sense. All the distinguishing elements we observed in the first album are here as well: The beautiful melodies, the sweet melancholy, the elegant touch of wind instruments and strings, and so on.
We mentioned in the previous review that the “feeling” of the album reminds us a lot of Donovan. The same “feeling” applies to this album as well.
We want to make something clear here: Many people mistake Folk-Rock music with the good old ”jigs”. Soon, they will discover that it is not necessarily so. The palette of Folk-Rock is much wider than that, and the kind which Dodson & Fogg adopts is the type that falls under the categories of Acid-Folk and/or Progressive Folk.
The record contains 15 songs, and almost all of them are short in length (from 1:48 – 4:50), with a total play time of 45 minutes.
In conclusion, this second record keeps in tone with the first one, and even exceeds in quality. And when we write quality we mean every aspect, which makes us expect the same kind of success in their third record as well.
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