Sweet Child review by Pentangle

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  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (1 vote)
Pentangle: Sweet Child

Sound — 10
Pentangle's sound was a unique blend of traditional music, blues, and jazz that has yet to be equaled. Featuring two incredibly influential and talented guitarists, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, the music was rooted in their interplay. The rhythm section of Danny Thompson and Terry Cox added a swing to the sound as well as giving off that smokey jazz vibe when it was needed. To top it of, they had Jacqui McShee (think Sandy Denny) singing the majority of the songs either by herself or playing off of Jansch. They were some of the best musicians on the scene at the time, and this album really demonstrates their abilities by including a disc full of live cuts.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are at times captivating, and were mostly gathered from traditional songs. McShee's delivery is full of emotion and she hits many highs throughout the album that I don't think many others singers can. If you have an interest in folklore or traditional music, then you will be pleasantly surprised.

Overall Impression — 10
The only band I could think of comparing Pentangle to is Fairport Convention, and they were always more inclined to show their rock influence in their music. Some of the best tracks are "Bells", "Sweet Child", "Travelling Song", and "A Woman Like You" (look them up on YouTube if you are curious). I think overall, this album has been one of the most influential ones when it comes to my playing. There are so many great guitar lines throughout, and it really is just a joy to listen to them play. An essential album to any music lover's library.

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