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GO WELL DIAMOND HEART

Mostly Autumn

 

Prog Folk

3.48 | 86 ratings

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Erik Nymas
4 stars Well!

Introduction

Here we are again! I think this is my only review for MA albums even if I've listened all of them... anyway my 1st impression when I read the title was ''It's like Shine on...'' even if the ''diamond heart'' is referred to a soldier and not to Heather Findlay. This comparison between PF's song and MA's title ends here even if the ''diamond heart'' of the group is gone away in 2008...

Main Theme

MA lost almost every member since the 1st effort and from For all we shared almost everything changed, the mostly folk of the 1st album turned in hard rock of Storms over still water, while the line-up followed the same line, with Davison and Jennings back in the last year. Talking about the album we got a 7-man-line-up, 8 songs, no istrumentals, few folk, good guitar solos... but more in detail: we start as ever with a strong opening track For all we shared worth alone a good point and is a strong turning back to The last bright light times, the singing from Sparnenn isn't the same thing as Findlay's but the difference result a plus in the overall and her voice works perfectly as filler when Josh sing (look at Deep in Borrowdale) making the same thing as the previous releases with Findlay. Nice the ballads Violet Skies & Back to Life that confirms the role of Sparnenn as lead vocalist, while Hold the Sun shows a great Josh solo at the end and last track start as another ballad, slow and decadent with a bit more folkish end. No review about bonus disc since as ever I hardly find the simple one.

Coda

Finally Josh leave the Gilmour's sound and play the guitar without trying to copy PF's style, this change make the whole work more original than the previous release and the new voice, even different from Findlay's one doesn't make regret her leaving. It's 4 stars for this strong album, a new wave of ideas even if less folkish than their early works, even without her historical singer.

Erik Nymas | 4/5 |

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