The Savage Rose: Love And Freedom

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I’ve always felt ambivalent when it comes to the voice of Annisette Koppel, which I’ve often thought was a bit too theatrical. I take that back – or, more precisely, I won’t say it about her performance on the legendary The Savage Rose’s 21. album since the eponymous debut in 1968, ‘Love And Freedom’, because this is nothing short of magical. Here’s a full life of love and loss and a truly impressive ability to channel emotion, and none of my words can really do it justice. So, enough said there…

With six songs written by Annisette (the only original member left), one by each of her daughters Naja and Billie and finally a remake of the Malcolm X tribute ‘The Messenger Speaks’ – here just ‘The Messenger’ – written by brothers Thomas (Annisette’s late husbond) and Anders Koppel and originally featured on the 1972 album ‘Babylon’, ‘Love And Freedom’ stage love and politics on an amazing backdrop of hauntingly soulful rock as it was done when The Savage Rose were a young band, and basically showing every retro-rocking band out there how it’s supposed to be done. And then, of course, there’s that voice…

This is one of those rare occasions where doing the Recommended Tracks section below is near impossible, with every single song claiming presence on my shortlist, so I cannot urge you strongly enough to check out the whole thing. It’s 42 minutes you’ll never regret spending on music.

Recommended tracks:
Voice Of Revolution – No More Love To Give – Soldier On The Run – The Messenger – There’s A Lovesong


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