Lady Godiva

Tales of Kings and Boozers

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Lady Godiva's sophomore release saw them mature in virtually every possible way. For starters, this album is well-produced with clear and balanced sound. While several traditional pieces are used, Lady Godiva penned ten songs that demonstrate their improvement in English usage and pronunciation. Their original melodies are catchy and memorable, and the arrangements are diverse enough to distinguish themselves from one another. The players seem to have better command of their instruments; Yvonne Kexel's violin playing is much more noticeable here than on their debut, and the electric guitar work is utilized sparingly but always in a manner that displays their rock & roll attitude without overshadowing the rest of the band. The Pogues and Shane MacGowan influences are evident in both the arrangements (especially the tin whistle and banjo interaction) and Andreas Beckmann's lead vocals.

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