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Mary Newsletter


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.02 | 8 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Unless they make a comeback this looks to be MARY NEWSLETTER's final album, released in 2004. Compared to the previous record i'd say that this one is more modern sounding and they've expanded the electronics that were used on that album. Interesting that their singer from the previous recording left the band so the drummer took over those duties. He felt that it was too much though to sing and play the drums so they hired a new singer, but the drummer had already recorded all the vocals for this record. The band then decided to let the new singer sing on what were intended to be instrumentals called "Peccato" and "In Fondo".

"Integro" is my favourite track. Electronics and a beat with these very processed vocals that come and go throughout. Acoustic guitar joins in. I like when it kicks in before 2 minutes. Great sound ! Nice bass too as normal vocals follow. "Il Colpo E La Croce" is a dreamy track with strummed guitar, keys, bass and vocals standing out. I like it. It settles right down 5 minutes in with piano and spacey sounds. It starts to rebuild as drums and vocals return. Nice. "Peccato" opens with heavy drums as aggressive guitar joins in. Vocals follow. Spoken words follow. "Illusione / Delusione" is a short one minute track with drums, organ and guitar leading the way. "La Pace" opens with sounds that seem to echo as vocals join in. This one has a jazzy vibe too. "Morte Di Un Moderatu" features drums, percussion, bass and guitar that comes and goes. It's building 3 minutes in. An interesting song that seems to have a Spanish feel to it at times.

"Step Forward" has this heavy beat and guitar. Vocals before a minute as the tempo picks up, although it continues to shift. Great sound after 4 1/2 minutes. "Coming Into L.A." is a cover of an Arlo Guthrie song. Apparently it was the first ever song the band played together some 10 years previous. It was also a tune they played live a lot. This is very different from the original with all the electronics. "Nothing But The Net" opens with vocals, keys and percussion that are contrasted with the guitar dominated sections. A fuller sound 2 minutes in. "In Fondo" opens with a beat as strummed guitar and keybords join in. Vocals after a minute. Some spoken words as well. I like the guitar before 3 minutes.

For my taste this one isn't as enjoyable as the previous album. I really like the first couple of tracks then it's hit and miss the rest of the way. The vocals are step down in quality as well. Good album though. 3.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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