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STORMS OVER STILL WATER

Mostly Autumn

 

Prog Folk

3.52 | 102 ratings

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3 stars For the first time, excluding Lord of the Rings, a MA album doesn't start exactly with the last notes of the previous one. There's a remind to Passengers but it's slightly different.

As on Passengers the first track is quite heavy and doesn't seem to have been written thinking to Heather's voice, and as on Caught on a Fold che is able to make a good jib anyway. The difference is that she sings only on the chorus, the rest is Bryan's stuff. I like this song but it's different from the usual MA, including the sudden end.

Rock also on the second track. Again is Bryan who sings over a base of bass and drums. There have been a change in the lineup as Blackmore is no longer in the band, replaced by Andy Jennings who is possibly Iain's relative. Also Angela Goldthorpe got married so she has changed her surname to Gordon.

"Ghost In Dreamland" looks like something already listened. The bass line is the same of an instrumental from their early albums, I currently don't remember which one. The song is not bad and Heather is excellent as usual, but this is the third consecutive heavy track.

The first track which sounds 100% Mostly Autumn is "Heart Life" and is a very good one. Heather at her best with a very godd performance of the whole band. The acoustic guitar and the keyboards sound a bit like on "Mother Nature".

"The End Of The World" starts similar. The 12 strings guitar backing Heather is strangely similar to that of Rod Stewart's "Sailing". Of course not the vocals,even when Bryan takes over the role of lead singer, luckily on the chorus only. Nice song. The chorus is repeated maybe too many times in the coda. I think a guitar solo wouldn't have been bad.

Hard guitar again on "Black Rain". This is not the best kind of songs for Heather, but again she does her job excellently. It's similar to "The King's Return" but not so bad.

A bit of electronic for the about three minutes of "Coming To...". With some sitar and more distortion it could be Senmuth....well don't take me too seriously, even with distorted guitar this is everything but metal. The keyboard adds a symphonic touch, instead.

"Candle In The Sky" switches on something in my memory. I can't identify what exactly, but it's like I already knew it before buying the CD. Bryan's voice when on bass pitch sounds different and better than usual. One of the best album's songs. It turns deeply into Pink Floyd in the second half of the song.

A touch of Renaissance on "Carpe Diem" ("Catch the moment" in Latin). A Slow piano base for Heather. A sad theme which grows slowly strongly reminding of "Mother Nature" and "Shrinking Violet".

The title track starts Gilmourish with acoustic guitar on minor chords and again Heather. After one minute it's something different. A complex and captivating track with frequent changes of tonality and again very symphonic. Bryan takes over the vocal work at more or less half song then he places a good guitar solo.

"Tomorrow" starts with drums only in a quite hypnotic way then it gradually grows to rock. A good instrumental well placed as album's closer.

It's still a good album, but if you look for something really representative of Mostly Autumn it's too late. Check out the older stuff. This is good but non-essential.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |

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