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Prog Folk

3.51 | 57 ratings

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I was rather blown away with their debut release : really impressed by the wonderful vocal harmonies, their great soft-prog with excellent guitar work. I was also totally charmed by the magnificent voice of Rachel. Their music is totally "Mostly Autumn" oriented and the same feeling prevails on this album. But it is not as systematic as on their debut album.

This album is maybe a bit more personal in the sense that they don't try to use the same type of song construction all the way through any longer. Meaning a first half featuring vocals while the second part would almost exclusively feature a great guitar solo. Ususally Josh (guitar player from "MA") or Gilmour oriented (since David is definitely the reference for both bands).

There are several excellent songs on this album again : "Heaven Can Wait" which is a highlight but the brilliance of their debut album is only to be featured too scarcely. Actually this album is folkier than their first release. But Rachel always sound so sweet, so wonderful...

Song format is also shorter now, and more ballad oriented like "I Should Have Known" or "Writing On The Wall" which gets us back to a classic structure (great guitar solo at the end). Both are enjoyable. The title track is the longest song from this album. It is also one of the best (with "Heaven..."). Classic song development for the band. Very efficient and superbly performed.

This album is not so catchy as their first one (but "Karnataka" was truely great and difficult to match). Still a good album. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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