“Thank You For…” by Bridget St. John - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1972Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

For the third and final part of her Dandelion trilogy, Bridget was keen to take a much more active role in the production, and this she did working alongside Jerry Boys. Gordon Huntly (pedal steel), and the acoustic guitars of John Martyn and Mike Chapman lend a hand. The album gets off to a strong start with “Nice” and “Thank You For…”, both of which exist dreamily in a folky-psyche-haze. Even better is her version of the old folk traditional “Lazarus”, as Bridget experiments successfully with a bit more attitude, getting both angry and sad for the poor protagonist. Amongst the least affecting moments are the other two covers – “Love Minus Zero, No Limit” (Bob Dylan, 1965) and “Every Day” (Buddy Holly, 1957). Better is “Silver Coin”, as Bridget is “first to market” with the song that would be done by the writers' group, Hunter Muskett on their self-titled LP of 1973. The sheer loveliness of the performance is augmented by some nice steel guitar. Best from side 2 is “Fly High” which excavates fragments of an old Robert Louis Stevenson poem in another dreamy psychedelic setting, ever so gently leaning on Donovan’s wavering “Hurdy Gurdy” vocalisms for further inspiration. For me, this is the least powerful of her 3 LPs to date, but that’s a relative complaint; there’s no denying this is another thoroughly decent set from a very talented lass.

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A1 [03:19] 6.9.png Bridget St. John - Nice (Bridget Hobbs) Folk Rock / Americana
A2 [03:33] 6.7.png Bridget St. John - Thank You For… (Bridget Hobbs) Songwriter
A3 [04:20] 7.1.png Bridget St. John - Lazarus (Traditional) Folk
A4 [02:07] 6.5.png Bridget St. John - Good Baby Goodbye (Nigel Beresford) Songwriter
A5 [03:18] 5.9.png Bridget St. John - Love Minus Zero, No Limit (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
B1 [03:04] 6.6.png Bridget St. John - Silver Coin (Terry Hiscock) Songwriter
B2 [03:55] 5.6.png Bridget St. John - Happy Day (Bridget Hobbs) Songwriter
B3 [03:19] 6.9.png Bridget St. John - Fly High (Bridget Hobbs, Robert Louis Stevenson) Psychedelia
B4 [03:21] 5.9.png Bridget St. John - To Leave Your Cover (Bridget Hobbs) Songwriter
B5 [04:30] 4.8.png Bridget St. John - Every Day (Charles Hardin Holley, Norman Petty) Pop
B6 [01:07] 5.4.png Bridget St. John - A Song Is As Long As It Wants To Go On (Bridget Hobbs) Songwriter

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