Exposé Online banner

Cousins and Conrad — High Seas
(Witchwoood Media WMCD 2025, 2005, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2006-05-01

High Seas Cover art

The old Strawbs troubadour is back on High Seas, collaborating with guitarist/keyboardist Conny Conrad. Eleven tracks totaling fifty-some minutes, with Cousins singing over backing guitar, keyboards (including Mellotron), programmed rhythm section, and so on. Rick Wakeman also contributes piano to one track. The songwriting on this particular outing is not as much to my tastes; compared to the recent Strawbs release Déjà-Fou this album seems somewhat more overwrought and the songs overlong for what’s there. Indeed, there is a great deal of drama here, and even the instrumental parts have a cinematic feel, with great sweeping string sounds and effects. The Strawbs have never been convincing hard rockers; they are at their best as a folky ensemble. In this case, taking Cousins’ songwriting and swathing it in various digitalia smothers some of his strengths, as if he had to arm wrestle wrong-handed. As a collection of songs, High Seas acquits itself well for the most part, but it’s a bit of an uneven marriage and odd fit, and the overall package seems compromised as a result. If all the extra stuff was tossed out and Cousins was singing this over solo acoustic guitar I’d probably enjoy it more. As it is, a bit too much of a mishmash for this writer, but opinions may vary.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Connie Conrad, Dave Cousins, Rick Wakeman

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Simon Steensland - The Simon Lonesome Combat Ensemble – Cutting-edge, unpretentious and imaginative are three adjectives that describe this offering by Swedish multi-instrumentalist and composer Simon Steensland. Mixing elements of rock, neo-classical,...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues