What does it sound like?:
These two remastered releases expand Curved Air’s second and third albums first issued back in 1971 and 1972 respectively. Although many people associate Air with singer Sonja Kristina (the only ever present member of the band which is still gigging today), Air’s creative engine came from the classical trained twosome of guitarist Francis Monkman (who oversaw these re-masters) and violinist Darryl Way. Today, these albums come across as a diverse mix of prog and classically themed songs with the occasional rock flourish topped off with what has been described as Kristina’s “acid-folk” vocals.
For a band with such creative flair, the mundanely titled “Second Album” features one side of primarily Darryl Way compositions and one side penned by Monkman. The album kicks off with “Young Mother” a VCS3 syth fest, which gallops along with several time signature changes. “Jumbo” is an ethereal ballad that gives Way a chance to strut his stuff with a full orchestra. “You Know”, “Puppets”, Everdance” and “Bright Summer Day” offer up a mix of more pop and rock themed songs and closes with the 13 minute musical potpourri that is “Piece of Mind”. All of these are eclipsed » Continue Reading.