ORPHAN IN THE STORM
CD: Hau Ruck! HR!48 
in the Storm
What's the Wind If It's Not Free?
Never So True
Song of Pan
The Times They An't a-Changing
Waiting For the Fall
Twilight of the West.
appreciated the archival recordings presented on the "Fire of Life"
album (dating from the 1970’s), this CD represents the modern incarnation
of the group, whereby old tracks were re-recorded in 1995 and finally
released in 2004.
Being far more ‘folk’ then the actual neo-folk scene that
revived interest in the group, this is quite an anthemic album built primarily
on acoustic guitars and vocals. Thus with this limited instrumentation
a certain simplicity & style is evoked. Although not modern sounding
by current neo-folk standards, on some levels this album is slightly less
engaging then I hoped, due to the lyrical focus being quite direct and
of an almost of preachy nature. Given I would prefer lyrics accompanying
such music to be ambiguous & open to interpretation, certain songs
here come across as indignant protest songs (‘Twilight of the
West’ is a prime example). However in context this is probably
most reflective of when these songs were originally written.
For the albums shortcomings, including some truly poorly recorded tracks,
nevertheless the new version of ‘Waiting for the Fall’
manages to capture Changes aura and magic perfectly. Essentially an album
for neo-folk connoisseurs.
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