Festival Bell


Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 27, 2011
    Whilst Festival Bell lacks the visionary presence that made 1969's game-changing Liege & Lief so influential, and established the group's pre-eminent position in the folk-rock firmament, this album nevertheless confirms Fairport's reputation as an ongoing repository for quality songwriting.
  2. Apr 27, 2011
    Festival Bell is by no means perfect. It can, at times, become somewhat samey, and, at just over an hour long, could definitely do with a trim. But none of that's really important; because the music stored within Festival Bell's grooves is living proof that the venerable Cult of Fairport.
  3. Apr 27, 2011
    Forty-four years on, Fairport Convention are still in great form, even without their former superstars, Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick and the late Sandy Denny.
  4. Dec 21, 2011
    In 2011, the band is still going strong... Several tunes here sound like they could end up on Fairport's next greatest-hits compilation.
  5. Uncut
    May 2, 2011
    It would be silly to expect surprises from the Fairports at this late point, and their first album in four years proves as well tended and predictable as a Cotswold village. [May 2011, p.85]
  6. Apr 27, 2011
    Fairport Convention are like the Stanley Matthews of folk music--age does nothing to erode essential quality.

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