Comments of the label about this release :
"Folk Rock/Prog Rock. Dark, sometimes sad, but always a unique and original blend of gothic, folk, mediaeval, progressive - etc!!!! For those who hear it an enchantment is cast that is deeper than the starlight reflected in peaty fen, redolent of the leaves, damp and fallen in ancient woodland, and bright as well like the lights from a pub on a cobbled market place...... A great album from this legendary band. The album features a re-record of Black Sailed Traders which reaches back further than its subject matter, invigorating deadtime in the frozen tear of a cold grey statue.Such potent imagery seeps over an intrinsic warmth, making audible ambivalence of beautiful and deadly marshes, and the strange contradiction of children playing upon the cliffs of Dunwich, amongst the bones of the dead. Also available self titled, Stone Angel."
Comments from the Bruton Town Newslist :
"I'll get around to a full review of the new Stone Angel one of these days, but let me just offer the opinion that it is pretty good, if not really similar to the original Stone Angel album in any way. Gone is the ghostly East Anglian wyrdness, as best exemplified by "The Skater". Gone is the anorexic recorded sound, which provided a perfect sonic analogy to the cord of supernatural dread woven through the first album. These days, the band Stone Angel are a older and mellower outfit trading in a pretty strong line in progressive folk-rock, and they seem pretty keen to correct the recording deficiencies of their debut, because I've heard precious few folk-rock albums recorded as spectacularly as "East of the Sun". This additional clarity allows one to hear Ken and Joan Saul's vocals in full effect for the first time, and to realise that they are actually superb singers. no doubt this is something they wanted to convey this time around. Joan's vocals on their version of "The Fowler" are worth push through the turnstiles for alone, and there are a few tracks like that to raise the hairs on the back of the neck like their work used to do. So on the plus side, vocals are a real strength, as is non-obvious selection of material (not many times here you think to yourself "not another bloody version of <insert over-exposed traditional chestnut here>). On the negative side it's all a little stylistically safe, and the lead guitarist's phrasing kept reminding me of Mark Knopfler. There is certainly enough excellent stuff going on to tip the scales in favour of picking up a copy, though, not least the bonus of a different and stunning version of the first album's "Black Sailed Traders" dating from around 1985, I think." Tony Dale