Song of the Day, September 14: Sloth by Fairport Convention

FapCoFullSlothToday’s song is a powerful anti-war statement from Richard Thompson’s last album with Fairport Convention. Full House finds the band’s fifth lineup record their fifth album, reduced to a quintet. The loss of singer Sandy Denny to a solo career made it an all-men’s club, with four of the five sharing vocal duties as things settled into a new groove.

Sloth was written by Thompson with Dave Swarbrick, a potent team that contributed two great songs to the prior disc. At over nine minutes, it’s one of the longest tracks in the band’s catalog, a slow build of rage and danger. It opens with the martial line “Just a roll on your drums”, heralding the grim advance of dark forces. The band are in fine form, making the most of the opportunities provided in the song. New bassist Dave Pegg — who went on to be one of the longest serving Fairport members — merges seamlessly with drummer Dave Mattacks, providing just the right propulsion.

Enjoy this powerful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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