Innocent Age - 9
returned to this album after a number of
years, fearing that it would no longer hold
the power that it once did. I needn't have
worried. It still reduces me to tears, For
sheer poetry I regard it as the greatest piece
of pop/rock music ever written - comfortably
eclipsing anything by Dylan. It is hard to see
how The Innocent Age could have been improved.
A song cycle taking us from the cradle to the
grave, it still sends shivers down my spine.
Individually the songs are poignant and simply
wonderful with an engaging wistfulness that it
is difficult to describe. Collectively they
make one of the greatest comments on life and
love. The poetry, the great songs just keep
coming with three in particular meshing
together with a huge wow factor. Run for the
Roses is the haunting story of a horse and the
Kentucky Derby, Leader of the Band is simply
the greatest song ever written about a
father-son relationship and Same Old Lang Syne
is about a broken relationship and the author
coming across a lost love at Christmas-tide.
And if those three are the highlights, the
remainder aren't far behind in both power and
beauty and the whole album rounds off with the
brilliant Ghost that just leaves you feeling
stunned for quite some time afterwards.
You will see from my musical favourites list
that Leader of the Band comes in at number 10
and Same Old Langs Syne at 37 in my top 100
all time tracks. This album is also ranked at
number five in my all time favourite albums.
Playing it again I can see exactly why.