From the ‘first lady’ of UK progressive rock (she still fronts her iconic band, Curved Air), here is an album that takes Sonja Kristina back to her folk/psych roots and the effective definition of the genre known today as “acid folk.”
Alchemised in a highly original, fiery form of acoustic music, “Songs From the Acid Folk,” was released in 1991 to critical acclaim and includes twelve acoustic workouts, amongst them Curved Air classic, “Melinda (More or Less)”, which Sonja and the excellent band supporting on this album had been playing live.
Standout tracks include the album’s singles “Anna/Devil May Care” and an acid folk reworking of the Curved Air hit, “Back Street Luv”.
This Market Square release comes with bonus tracks including the lovely “Penumbra” (which had been left off the original record) and the moving “Free to Be,” a song for the production of Shona, a West End play starring Sonja pre-dating “Acid Folk” by one year.
This album is of course a must-have, not only for Curved Air fans and devotees of Sonja’s solo work, but for anyone who appreciates fine songwriting, excellent musicianship – and those extraordinarily distinctive and beautiful vocals.