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Mostly Autumn - Storms Over London Town CD (album) cover


Mostly Autumn


Prog Folk

3.28 | 14 ratings

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3 stars It is effectevly a storm that fell down on the mythical Astoria, in London on that evening of June, 4th, 2005.

MA, had just released their excellent studio album "Storms Over Still Waters". Much harder than their previous records and definitely their best studio album ever. MA will start their set with the same two opening numbers. "Out Of The Green Sky" is very good while "Broken Glass" is really too loud and noisy.

"Black Rain" is almost heavy, and longer than the studio version. It doesn't have its sensibility : just hardish. While "Carpe Diem" was one of the very few prog folk songs from "Still Waters" and is greatly rendered here. The title track, "Storms Over Still Water" features a great guitar solo during the second part.

"Answer The Question"as well as "Distant Train" (an instrumental track) come from their average album "The Passengers". On top of this, those numbers were amongst the weakiest ones from it.

Three great old songs (although one is reduced to its first part - "The Spirit Of The Autumn Past"). The mood again is very aggresive (almost Blackmorian guitar solo, Made In Japan like, really) during "Never The Rainbow" while "Evergreen" is somewhat quieter (except the great finale of course).

There is also an unreleased album track (to my knowledge) featured here, to raise the fan's interest (you should read, to sell more) : "Finlandia". Don't expect anything great form it : it is a pure Celtic instrumental. MA released several of this type throughout their career and none could be of interest to my ears.

On the front of live albums, MA has been extremely (too) prolific. Most of these live albums were featuring almost the same set list. At least, with this one, there is a little more variation. It is just a pity that MA plays so loud at times, it affects their music which is usually on a softer edge.

I usually considered that MA studio albums were too long; but for once, I would say that this live effort is too short. They might have extended it a bit and integrate two or three great additional songs. I would have rated it a little higher. Three stars for this pleasant moment.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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