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FOR ALL WE SHARED

Mostly Autumn

 

Prog Folk

3.51 | 93 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Mostly autumn displays an interesting type of music : very nice vocal harmonies (several "lead" singers in the band) combined with soft rock instrumentals. No shouts here. A very peaceful tone is the main characteristic of this band.

The perfect example of this description is the opening number : a very good composition highlighting their skills during these six minutes. It flows gently into "Porcupine Rain". which is also very pleasant. Very harmonious vocal parts : it sounds as Crosby, Stills and Nash in their research of perfection in this exercise. The band providing an excellent background to this track.

"The Last Climb" is a very pastoral number. Very quiet and long instrumental intro (in the style of "How Dare I Be So Beautiful" during "Supper's Ready"). It is a very melancholic song. It feaures a nice violin break and a very good Gilmouresque guitar solo. Mostly Autumn will vow an inmense admiration to the Floyd. Wright will even be the one who will give them the boldness of recording a live album featuring only Floyd songs. "The Last Climb" is one of my fave here.

The best number of this album is "Heroes Never Die". Similar struture as the previous song with a very smooth introduction and crystal clear vocal arrangements. It takes a while to really start but at almost half time, their style picks up nicely, vocals being really performant and so harmonious. You can almost feel the breathe of the master (David) behind the somptuous finale. A highlight, no doubt.

As its title reveals, "Folklore" sounds as a Celtic piece of music. Not truely inspired, it is not at all my cup of tea. The weakest number so far. Sounds at times like a gigue. A certain aspect of the Tull ("The Whistler" from "Songs From The Wood") is not far away here. Same apllies to "Shenanigians" which brings back to the Highlands and the rather Tullesque "Out Of The Inn". But these numbers sound too folkisch for me.

The nice little flavour goes on with "Boundless Ocean" which is another tranquil piece of music. As "Steal Away" and the long closing number "The Night Sky". The melancholic mood prevails again but it is a bit too much. Too monotonous.

This band is of course not the most influent one; they might sound not original enough to some prog lovers, but they will produce some very nice releases (they will be very prolific in their early years, less later on). They will combine some obvious musical similarities with Floyd and as mentioned already the brilliance of Crosby, Stills & Nash in their quest to vocal perfection. I believe it is a rather interesting combination.

Give Mostly Autumn a chance, they deserve it. This album is not their best one. They will produce much better albums. later one.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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