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2.78 | 95 ratings

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2 stars Recorded with a different lineup from First Utterance - generally closer to the rock mainstream than the earlier incarnation of the band - and in a strikingly different folk-pop style, To Keep From Crying might be a different aspect of Comus' music, but it's undeniably a less interested one. The fact is that mushy soft rock/folk-rock material like Figure In Your Dreams, So Long Supernova or Perpetual Motion was not exactly thin on the ground in the 1970s, and Comus' take on the style doesn't add much to it. Down (Like a Movie Star), the opening track, has an air of mild hysteria to it which keeps it vaguely interesting, and a couple of short instrumentals reveal somewhat more interesting musical ideas bubbling under the surface, but they are crowded out by third-rate, forgettable material like the miserable Get Yourself a Man.

I wouldn't call it outright incompetent, but I can't give this one more than two stars - this is nothing more than middle-of-the-road mid-70s folk-pop, capably performed but without anything which really sets it head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd. Taken by itself, without considering the exceptional First Utterance, I'd still say it's a dispensable two-star slice of nothing; in the wake of the band's first album, it's one of the greatest disappointments in prog.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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