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Product: Judy Dyble - Flow and Change
Date: 2013-11-13 

Flow and Change

judy_dyble_flow_and_change_medium_1How tiresome, though true, to say that Judy Dyble is best known as the original vocalist with Fairport Convention; that she was in on the birth of King Crimson and voiced “I Talk To The Wind” most wistfully than Greg Lake ever did; and that more recent times have seen her either locked in seclusion, or struggling to escape the shadows of her past.
Well, she’s done it now.
Newly released, Flow and Change is an aptly titled album, but it’s the confidence that surrounds it, rather than the musical approach that has flowed and changed.  The opening “Black Dog Dreams” sets the stage, not autobiographically but nevertheless with a statement of intent that opens the entire album up as a dark, defiant and dangerous proposition.  Over scorching guitar and foreboding piano, soundscapes visualized by co-writer Simon House (of High Tide and Hawkwind), Dyble sing-speaks her warning:
“I am the black dog that you’ve learned to fear,
“The black dog that sits and moans in your ear,
“I am the creature of legend and lie,
“I am the feared creature of ages gone by….”
None of which actually speaks of Dyble herself, but as creatures of legend go, she takes a lot of beating.  Another review compared “Black Dog Dreams” to something Bowie might have demo’d back in 1970, and maybe there is a taste of that here.  But there is little here so retro as that maybe makes it sound; rather, Flow and Change stands alongside that other great self-invention of recent years, Mellow Candle’s Alison O’Donnell, in that it throws all but a trace of past glories to the wind and looks instead to what needs to be said and done today.
It is not without reflection.  “Featherdancing” is a gorgeous slice of baroque nostalgia for dances and dreams gone by, and after the opening assault of its predecessor, it neatly eases the listener into the string-driven melancholia that will become Flow and Change’s most lasting mode.

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