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Mostly Autumn


Prog Folk

3.79 | 147 ratings

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kev rowland
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4 stars The 1998 album was followed a year later by the second (which must mean another is due soon). There was a slight line-up change in the mean time, with a new drummer and whistle player, but the music is as strong as ever. Heather's vocals are more to the fore this time, although the harmonies still play an important role. During opener "Winter Mountain", the mood changes dramatically and her voice shines high above Bryan's, very much like Maddy Prior. In "Evergreen", her vocals carry the song, as the accompaniment is minimal and atmospheric. This use of atmosphere is best demonstrated in closing number "The Gap Is Too Wide". The tension very slowly mounts with Heather's vocals giving way to a stunning chorus. As it mounts even further, Bryan provides a soaring Dave Gilmour style guitar solo. The impression on hearing it for the first time is that the song will fade out, but that is not the case as Iona musician Troy Donockley makes a guest appearance on Uilleann Pipes to take over from Bryan. A wonderful album that is truly 'progressive' as they mix together many styles in a way to make them sounding fresh and vibrant.

Feedback #59, July 2000

kev rowland | 4/5 |


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