What does it sound like?:
Dave Cousins wrote a song for the “Burning For You” album called “Goodbye”, which he had intended to be just that. And yet here he was, a year later releasing another album, in the midst of the UK’s punk boom.
Cousins sleeve notes for this expanded re-release (the original album plus his home demos and a CD/DVD of a 1978 Sight & Sound Concert) have a refreshing candour. Wooed by his management to record again with Arista, he fesses up to his reservations about producer Jeffrey Lessing and the small obstacle of having very little material. Guitarist Dave Lambert provides more of the vocals and the album mixes some polished prog with more straightforward pop.
I’d never heard the album before, and I’ve found each play the album has grown on me. Opening rack “No Return” is an up tempo piece of pop / rock with the multi-track vocals just staying the right side of overdone. “Sealed With A Traitors Kiss” veers into more “epic” ballad territory but tries a little too hard. “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It” is in the same vein and does better – the repeat chorus is truly memorable. » Continue Reading.