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Weekly Vinyl – Renaissance

31 May

 

Novella
Renaissance
(1977)
SONY DSC
This is progressive rock royalty. Anybody who listened to progressive rock listened to Renaissance. The voice, Annie Haslam’s voice, was so distinctive and gorgeous that it was hard to dislike.
The music was a mix of classical and folk motives covered with a
soupçon of rock. Not too much roll though. This is music to sit to. To contemplate with. To drift off into a peaceful slumber. Like a rolling brook carrying water from a springtime shower the sound is entirely pleasant and mesmerizing.
I try to imagine different singers singing this material and I could only come up with one that would probably do this music justice – Kate Bush. That being said I would have loved to hear Janice Joplin sing some of these tunes. Or Nina Hagen. Or Beth Gibbons from Portishead. Or even having Courtney Love screech these ballads out.
The latter singer would probably be great for the song Midas Man. This is my favourite song on the album – but not because it has lyrics about King Midas and his lust for gold. When I first heard this song a muffler shop called Midas Mufflers was advertising quite heavily and I thought the juxtaposition was wonderful.