Accolade (UK folk rock)

England’s Accolade presented an infectious set of acoustic guitar and flute driven songs on their 1970 debut which, though ostensibly folk rock, transcended such boundaries with angular tunefulness. A testament to their economy of means is demonstrated in the longest numbers, “Nature Boy” and “Ulysses”, which happen to be the best songs on the album with only minimal additions in tonal color (a sprinking of vibes; a shade of cacophony) and subtle adjustments in percussion, from martial snare to loungey brush stokes.

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