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The Constant Pageant

  • 1. Just as the Rainbow
    2. All My Favourite Mistakes
    3. Colour of Night
    4. Cold Heart of Mine
    5. To See You Again
    6. Otley Rock Oracle
    7. Goathland
    8. Where Do I Go From You?
    9. Torn Between Loves
    10. New Year's Eve's the Loneliest Night of the Year
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HJRCD 55

  • Credits

    Pretty much all of the elements of The Constant Pageant were present in Trembling Bells' music from the start, but on their third album, they seem to have fully focused their powers and crystallized their intent, which is as it should be at this point in a band's discography. The Glasgow group continues to display a profound passion for the more visceral end of British folk-rock la Fairport Convention, specifically the aspects of that style that were informed as much by the jammy psychedelia of the day as by Child ballads. On "Just as the Rainbow," "Colour of Night," and others, Trembling Bells are in full-on Fairport mode, with Lavinia Blackwall belting like a 21st century Sandy Denny amid crashing, coruscating guitar chords and muscular basslines. "Otley Rock Oracle" captures the Glaswegians at their trippiest, taking a few tricks from the paisley-patterned bag of Bay Area `60s psych bands, with searing lead guitar licks leading into a full-blown freakout before bounding back into some tight folk-rock riffing at the coda. The stately (but strangely soulful) midtempo tunes "Torn Between Loves" and "Goathland" evoke classic Richard & Linda Thompson in their unhurried, anthemic gravitas. Both vocally and instrumentally, the Bells seem to have pulled together in a more tightly knit fashion than before, maintaining their organic, rough-hewn edge, but packing a more powerful punch. The Constant Pageant is a bigger, bolder, brighter Bells, and just the sort of thing to entrance listeners who might have been scared off by the more shambling side of their early efforts. ~ J. Allen

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.56) - "[T]here's certainly something of Richard & Linda Thompson in the arrangements, with brassy stabs and grumbling drones..."
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