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THE 'V' SHOWS

Mostly Autumn

 

Prog Folk

3.66 | 17 ratings

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NotAProghead
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4 stars Bryan Josh's dream to give the music additional, visual, dimension came true on "V" shows: screen projections, light and laser show accomplish the sound perfectly. Guest musicians, Troy Donockley (pipes, mandolin, guitar) and The Regent String Quartet, help to enrich band's sound (which was never poor).

Tracks 1 - 8 and 12 are from the "Passengers" album . In this conceptual album MOSTLY AUTUMN share with us their thoughts of life, death and rebirth.

"Evergreen", "Heroes Never Die", "Never The Rainbow" and "Mother Nature" are truly some of band's best songs. You can also find in extra features (besides a couple of promo videos) another band's masterpiece, "The Night Sky" - the song which is actually older than the band itself. Old MA fans surely know this story, but for others these memories from 2001 Bryan Josh interview might be interesting: "In fact "The Night Sky" ... was done in my head really. I was in the Lake District 10 years ago and I was marvelling at the mountains, the snow and the stars and the whole thing just happened." He also recalled that he imagined each sound of this song, he only didn't have the band to perform it (it was 1991).

All MOSTLY AUTUMN trademarks are here: emotional singing, sometimes gentle, sometimes rocking, wonderful guitar and keyboard solos, good musicianship from all band members and guest musicians. If we remember the history of great rock bands, most of them had charismatic frontman, which is so important for any band's success. MOSTLY AUTUMN have at least two charismatic persons, Bryan Josh and Heather Findlay. Can't agree with those who say that the band needs more trained singer than Bryan - his voice is an important part of MOSTLY AUTUMN sound (what if DIRE STRAITS found a better singer?...).

In my opinion the artistic level of MOSTLY AUTUMN is close to GENESIS, PINK FLOYD and other great bands. Therefore it is always interesting to listen how the band makes covers. I like MOSTLY AUTUMN interpretation of GENESIS "Afterglow" because it sounds even warmer than the original.

Sound is good (stereo, DD 5.1 and DTS options are available). Picture quality is good enough too, but worse than on limited 2DVD edition of the same show. Minus 1 star for the picture and for Heather's dressing style, usually she looks better (but it's subjective).

NotAProghead | 4/5 |

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