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4.22 | 684 ratings

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4 stars Ashes Are Burning was the first album by Renaissance that I listened to, and it is so beautiful. This album has a very prominent folk feel, but it is often backed by surprisingly rocky riffs that really make this album unique, in my opinion. Besides the symphonic sound of mellotron being present, there is also much harpsichord action going on. Undoubtedly progressive, the songs here move and flow through multiple beautiful passages that sound structured like a symphony. Acoustic strumming is a very important part of this band's symphonic folk prog sound, and there is definitely a lot of it on this album. I'd say that this would probably be a great crossover record for fans of prog folk to get into symphonic prog.

I have to say that the title track is the most standout track on this album. It starts out sounding like a potential Christmas tune, but the piano soon enters and gives off a very autumnal feel. Annie Haslam's voice is impeccable on this song, and the chorus is highly infectious and uplifting. In the middle of the song, it is revealed that this song rocks pretty hard. Very fun listen with terrific bass and vocals throughout.

Highly recommended for symphonic prog fans and prog folk fans alike.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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