Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Bridget St. John

Thank You For... (1972)

St. John has a small legion of fans willing to do battle for their hero, but to most she sounds like a pleasant, secondary British folk-rock artist of the early 1970s. Those impressions won't be changed by this, her third album, mixing low-key originals with covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly, as well as one of her most popular tracks, an interpretation of the traditional folk tune "Lazarus." Simply put, St. John doesn't come within bow-and-arrow range of Sandy Denny or Maddy Prior. She favors a low, slightly husky delivery that sometimes brings to mind what Marianne Faithfull might have sounded like in the late 1970s had Faithfull's voice lowered naturally, instead of being ravaged. Reserve can be effective, but it sounds like St. John would need to be roasted over an open flame before her temperature rose. The album was reissued on CD in 1995, with the addition of eight bonus tracks from a live performance in 1972. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

perfect for this rainy day. thank you :)

20 September, 2006 03:27  
Blogger Friendlier said...

That quote from Richie Unterberger was, as usual for him, perfectly clueless. It shows the breadth of his understanding of British "folk" music of the late '60s--that any female singer in that realm should be compared stylistically to Denny and Prior. It's like saying Nick Drake wasn't any good because he didn't sound like Robert Plant. Rubbish. This is a terrific third album by a very original artist, and you should download it NOW.

02 November, 2006 01:46  
Anonymous arbor said...

Really great songs, thanks for these and the others too Liz!

31 August, 2007 01:27  
Anonymous Antony Wright said...

The rapidshare link to part 1 of Bridget St. John "Thank You For..." (UK Folk 1972) dosn't seem to work is there any other way to download the first part as I really would like to hear it as I cannot find it anywhere else.
Great blog by the way.

07 April, 2008 09:55  
Anonymous Antony Wright said...

Finally got to download part one from rapidshare, must be a problem with rapidshare as it has taken me all this time to get it. It kept telling me I am either downloading something already or I have entered too many wrong codes, anyway finally downloaded both parts.
If anyone else is having trouble just keep trying the different download sources until one works.

16 April, 2008 21:24  
Blogger kodak ghost said...

Unbelievable to find this. Remeber fondly seeing her at the Norwich Folk Festival, outdoors, sunny afternoon. Many many thanks for this (and all the others)

29 May, 2008 12:55  

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