Festival Bell - Fairport Convention
Metascore
72

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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    70
    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. May 2, 2011
    60
    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
    60
    Fairport Convention are like the Stanley Matthews of folk music--age does nothing to erode essential quality.

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