Indeed, at least nine of the songs on Confession of the Mind could rate among the better songs the group has ever recorded. Tony Hicks' "Little Girl" sounds almost like a conscious attempt to emulate the harmonies and overall sound of Crosby, Stills & Nash, proving that as singers Clarke, Hicks, and Sylvester could have competed in that arena, musically if not in image. They also try for a heavier sound on "Perfect Lady Housewife," which offers a thumping bassline and some of the most prominent organ playing ever heard on one of their records. By this time, the songwriting partnership between Allan Clarke and Tony Hicks had dissolved, and several of the latter's solo songwriting ventures on this album retain some lingering elements of the psychedelic sound heard on Evolution and Butterfly, with great hooks and solid, pleasing, memorable riffs.
Hicks gets a little too self-consciously out there with the volume pedal on "Confessions of a Mind," but it's all worth hearing, and "Lady Please," which follows, is a gorgeous country-ish rock ballad that could've been picked up by Poco, the Eagles, or Manassas. "Frightened Lady" is another brilliant acoustic/electric guitar and harmony workout, while Hicks' "Too Young to Be Married" gives equal play to his guitar and an orchestra. His playing is the best part of Allan Clarke's "Separated," several layers of acoustic guitars being a joy to listen to, especially in the 1999 EMI remastering.
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At the time Nash was gone, this was the most important effort for the band. The band had a lucky hand with Terry Sylvester who not only was a fantastic singer and vocals arranger also he was a good songwriter.
I think here the band had pointed that the Hollies is one of the real great british bands.
It's a real good album and this edition provides some fine bonus tracks.
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