The Albion Band - The Vice Of The People
Since the folk revival heydays of the 70s, The Albion Band have soldiered on through thick, thin, numerous dissolutions and an army of past members into the present day. The Vice Of The People is an excellent hark back to both those good old days and the traditional English folk songs of yore. Plenty of harmonies and twee instruments make this a merry, jig-inducing ride into the heart of the fairytale English countryside of a simpler age.
A mixture of the traditional and original compositions, it is a credit to the band that it is not always immediate which is which. Now led by founder member Ashley Hutchin's son Blair Dunlop, the all-star cast, drawn from across the folk ages, deliver what is expected of them - an album that is only distinguishable from its earlier counterparts by the pristine 21st Century production. The Vice Of The People has no pretensions surrounding it, an album squarely aimed at a very particular demographic and it hits bulls eye there.