Review: Birds of Avalon – Bazaar Bazaar

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Label: Volcom Entertainment

Released: May 22, 2007

If I were to write that Birds of Avalon mix grandiose prog, upbeat power pop and riffy psych and leave it at that, most people would scratch their heads and just assume that Bazaar Bazaar was an erratic affair that couldn’t possibly find itself. That assumption seems like a good one, but it’s flat out wrong. Birds of Avalon reminds us that prog doesn’t have to be devoid of emotion and that pop doesn’t have to be devoid of grandness. Surprisingly, the two aren’t mutually exclusive and Birds of Avalon bring the them together along with an element of trippiness for good measure. It’s no small feat, but Birds of Avalon do it with such ease that it doesn’t even seem striking unless you think about it.

Rating: 8/10

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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