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Dave Cousins: Exorcising Ghosts

Album Review

Strawbs frontman lays a little light on his career.

Awed by Dylan and spurred on by Donovan, Cousins traces a circuitous pathway that includes the Strawberry Hill Boys’ bluegrass fingerpicking, a pre-Fairport alliance with Sandy Denny, to the Strawbs’ emergence from folky meandering with a distinctive and declamatory rock sound, one etched with baroque filigrees and rich Mellotron frosting.

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