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Mostly Autumn biography
Fine progressive rock band who really should be in the Premier League, but are probably quite happy as an archetypal cottage industry


Mostly Autumn were formed in York in 1995, their roots stemming from local gigging outfits mainly playing Pink Floyd covers.

Most bios on this site tend to include, rightly, discussions regarding line-up changes, the loss and replacements of personnel with varying importance, and the impact upon said act. With Mostly Autumn, such a discussion would simply take up far too much space, would probably be incomplete, and, ultimately, of little value. Suffice to say that, since the beginning, there have been numerous line-ups of the band, but all revolve around the man whose vision the band was, and is, namely Bryan JOSH, guitarist, vocalist, lyricist. Indeed, when celebrated lead vocalist, Heather FINDLAY, left the band in 2010 to concentrate on a solo career, and new family, she said in an interview with Prog magazine, without a trace of rancour, that the band's driving force and leader, to whom all centred, was Josh. Of the original line-up, only keyboardist Iain JENNINGS remains with Josh. It should be noted that, very sadly, original rhythm guitarist, and mainstay of the band to 2014, Liam Davison died in 2017.

In terms of the history of the band, a pertinent point to make about the ever-changing line-ups is that they appear to have been wholly achieved without any ill feelings on all parties' sides; indeed, many who have left have returned as part of the revolving door, this in stark contrast to the act to whom they are usually most likened, one Pink Floyd, of which more below. They have variously been compared to Floyd, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Blackmore's Night, Camel, Renaissance, and a myriad of other progressive, folk, Celtic rock, and rock acts. In truth, they are a band whose music encompasses all these influences without ever sounding like anything other than Mostly Autumn. They are unique.

The Floyd connection was, in fact, promoted heavily in 2004/05 by then record label, Classic Rock Productions, with the release of a live album & DVD entitled Pink Floyd Revisited, which featured a side of Autumn live tracks, and a side of Floyd covers. The promotion came on the ba...
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MOSTLY AUTUMN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.53 | 153 ratings
For All We Shared
1999
3.78 | 179 ratings
The Spirit of Autumn Past
1999
3.96 | 253 ratings
The Last Bright Light
2001
3.21 | 116 ratings
Music Inspired by The Lord of the Rings
2001
3.75 | 171 ratings
Passengers
2003
3.59 | 156 ratings
Storms over Still Water
2005
3.53 | 135 ratings
Heart Full of Sky
2006
3.42 | 140 ratings
Glass Shadows
2008
3.47 | 138 ratings
Go Well Diamond Heart
2010
3.74 | 142 ratings
The Ghost Moon Orchestra
2012
3.88 | 211 ratings
Dressed in Voices
2014
3.89 | 170 ratings
Sight of Day
2017
4.04 | 179 ratings
White Rainbow
2018
4.14 | 126 ratings
Graveyard Star
2021

MOSTLY AUTUMN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.09 | 41 ratings
The Story So Far
2001
2.88 | 19 ratings
Fiddler's Shindig (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
3.95 | 19 ratings
Live in the USA (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
3.36 | 17 ratings
Live at the Canterbury Fayre
2003
2.83 | 44 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2004
4.15 | 20 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2004
4.00 | 12 ratings
The V Shows
2005
3.28 | 17 ratings
Storms over London Town
2006
3.64 | 18 ratings
Live 2009 - Part I
2009
4.10 | 20 ratings
Live 2009 - Part II
2009
4.38 | 35 ratings
That Night in Leamington
2011
4.09 | 15 ratings
Still Beautiful - Live 2011
2011
3.18 | 15 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2011
2011
4.17 | 22 ratings
Live at the Boerderij
2013
4.36 | 11 ratings
Box of Tears
2015
4.11 | 9 ratings
Back in These Arms - Live 2022
2022
4.87 | 6 ratings
Studio 2
2023

MOSTLY AUTUMN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.87 | 29 ratings
The Story So Far...
2001
3.58 | 12 ratings
The Next Chapter
2003
4.25 | 24 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2003
3.70 | 25 ratings
The 'V' Shows
2004
3.01 | 26 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2005
3.78 | 9 ratings
The Fiddler's Shindig
2005
4.19 | 17 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2010
4.57 | 14 ratings
Live At the Boerderij
2013

MOSTLY AUTUMN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.04 | 19 ratings
Heroes Never Die -The Anthology
2002
4.46 | 45 ratings
Catch the Spirit - The Complete Anthology
2002
4.66 | 43 ratings
Pass the Clock
2009

MOSTLY AUTUMN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.19 | 8 ratings
Prints in the Stone
2001
2.05 | 12 ratings
Spirits of Christmas Past
2005
3.75 | 4 ratings
Mostly Autumn Acoustic - The Genesis Revisited Tour 2014
2015

MOSTLY AUTUMN Reviews


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 That Night in Leamington by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2011
4.38 | 35 ratings

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That Night in Leamington
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nš 714

"That Night In Leamington" is the eleventh live album of Mostly Autumn that was released in 2011. It was also released in the DVD format one year before, in 2010. As its name suggests it was recorded and filmed at the Assembly Rooms in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK, on 2nd April 2010, to celebrate the long time vocalist band's member Heather Findlay's period with the band. This was the last show with Heather Findlay on the band before the backing vocalist Olivia Sparnenn took over the role. Heather Findlay left the group to pursue a solo musical career. So, "That Night In Leamington" is the farewell of Heather Findlay of the group after fourteen years as a band's member on Mostly Autumn.

So, the line up on "That Night In Leamington" is Heather Findlay (lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, whistles, recorders and percussion), Olivia Sparnenn (backing vocals and percussion), Anne-Marie Helder (backing vocals, flutes, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitars, recorders and percussion), Bryan Josh (lead and backing vocals and lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars), Liam Davison (backing vocals, rhythm, acoustic guitars and 12 string guitars), Iain Jennings (keyboards and piano), Andy Smith (bass guitars) and Gavin Griffiths (drums).

"That Night In Leamington" has nineteen tracks. The first track "Fading Colours" was released on "Heart Full Of Sky". The second track "Caught In A Fold" was released on "Passengers". The third track "Flowers For Guns" was released on "Glass Shadows". The fourth track "Unoriginal Sin" was released on "Glass Shadows". The fifth track "The Spirit Of Autumn Past ? Part 2" was released on "The Spirit Of Autumn Past". The sixth track "Simple Ways" was released on "Passengers". The seventh track "The Last Bright Light" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The eighth track "Passengers" was released on "Passengers". The ninth track "Shrinking Violet" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The tenth track "Carpe Diem" was released on "Storms Over Still Water". The eleventh track "Winter Mountain" was released on "The Spirit Of Autumn Past". The twelfth track "The Dark Before The Dawn" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The thirteenth track "Answer The Question" was released on "Passengers". The fourteenth track "Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)" was released on "For All We Shared". The fifteenth track "Half The Mountain" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The sixteenth track "Mother Nature" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The seventeenth track "Above The Blue" was released on "Glass Shadows". The eighteenth track "Heroes Never Die" was released on "For All We Shared". The nineteenth track "Evergreen" was released on "The Spirit Of Autumn Past".

The fact that night in the Assembly Rooms in the British Leamington Spa is also the last of their singer Heather Findlay is a little bit sad. But in view of this opulent, almost two and a half hour recording, that is quickly forgotten. The seven piece band acts live, mostly supported by a few strings, and the sound is correspondingly complex and the live flair could be captured one to one at all times. The band operates always somewhere in the field of tension between art and folk rock, and has always done quite well with this dichotomy. But it's the shorter, modest songs like the romantic piano piece "Above The Blue", the incomparable "Simple Ways" or the straight rocking "Caught In A Fold" that exude the most charm pieceshere. But of course, the long epics are still the hallmark of Mostly Autumn and "Shrinking Violet" beguiles with its broad arrangement. In "Mother Nature", which is almost 18 minutes long, the band is introduced, who otherwise always present themselves in a very modest and friendly way, and above all, Heather Findlay's almost shy announcements are just sweet. Finally, "Heroes Never Die" escalates from a simple guitar chord to a folky-rocking crescendo, and as always, it's Findlay and then backing vocalist Olivia Sparnenn who, with their incomparable voices, are already half the story determine the band. But, Mr. Josh is also allowed to use the microphone from time to time, as is usual. Wistfully, Heather Findlay says goodbye at the end and thanks to her great band with her final farewell speech.

Conclusion: "That Night In Leamington" has almost the same set list as "Live 2009 ? Part I" and "Live 2009 ? Part II", already reviewed by me. Of the nineteen tracks on "That Night In Leamington" only three of those songs, "Passengers", "Shrinking Violet" and "Mother Nature" aren't part of those live albums. By the other hand, of the eight tracks on "Live 2009 ? Part I" and twelve tracks on "Live 2009 ? Part II" only four, "Broken Glass", "Never The Rainbow", "Pocket Watch" and "Tearing At The Faerytale" aren't part of "That Night In Leamington". So, somehow, we are in presence of three similar amazing live albums. Returning to "That Night In Leamington", we are witnessing the end of a journey, a long and inspiring road, stretching back further than thirteen years. It was a final farewell to Heather Findlay's time with Mostly Autumn. To all of us it was a last chance to celebrate live the magic that Heather wove throughout that journey, a fitting testament to the end of an era. I'm sure that you will all join me saying thanks to her for so many great journey.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Live 2009 - Part II by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2009
4.10 | 20 ratings

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Live 2009 - Part II
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 710

"Live 2009 - Part II" is the tenth live album of Mostly Autumn and that was released in 2009. As I wrote before, when I reviewed "Live 2009 ? Part I", for some reason the band opted to release this live set in two different CD's. I would have preferred that it would have been released as a double CD because it would make more sense. The two discs together make up one whole Mostly Autumn's live concert, so typical of the set list on their 2009 spring live tour. Anyway, we must respect the decision of the group, and so, I'm going also to review these songs as two separated live albums.

The line up that participates on this live album is Heather Findlay (lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, whistles and percussion), Anne-Marie Helder (backing vocals, flutes, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitars and percussion), Olivia Sparnenn (backing vocals and percussion), Bryan Josh (lead and backing vocals and lead and rhythm guitars), Liam Davison (backing vocals, rhythm, acoustic and 12 string guitars, slide guitars and percussion), Iain Jennings (piano and keyboards), Andy Smith (bass guitars) and Gavin Griffiths (drums).

About this line up there are two things that deserve a special mention. The first is that despite have played with the band on numerous occasions, this is the first release from Mostly Autumn to feature the drummer Gavin Griffiths as a band's member. The second is that sadly it represents one of the last times to features their original former member, the vocalist Heather Findlay as a band's member. She would leave Mostly Autumn to pursue a solo musical career. I'm absolutely sure that she certainly belts her way into our hearts and that we'll miss her voice. Findlay would be replaced by her colleague Olivia Sparnenn on their next studio album "Go Well Diamond Heart", released in the next year, 2010.

"Live 2009 - Part II" has twelve tracks. The first track "Winter Mountain" was released on "The Spirit Of Autumn Past". The second track "The Dark Before The Dawn" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The third track "Answer The Question" was released on "Passengers". The fourth track "The Last Bright Light" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The fifth track "Above The Blue" was released on "Glass Shadows". The sixth track "Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)" was released on "For All We Shared". The seventh track "Broken Glass" was released on "Storms Over Still Water". The eighth track "Never The Rainbow" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The ninth track "Pocket Watch" was released on "Heart Full Of Skye". The tenth track "Tearing At The Faerytale" was released on "Glass Shadows". The eleventh track "Carpe Diem" was released on "Storms Over Still Water". The twelfth track "Heroes Never Die" was released on "For All We Shared".

We can say the band is in a good shape bringing some of their classics as well as some of their new material at the time. On the second album the set list is better when we can enjoy the more complex songs perhaps even better than the studio versions. There's a dynamic rendition of the melodic rocking "Winter Mountain" followed by "The Dark Before The Dawn". "Answer The Question" sounds, as passionate as ever, with the duet between Heather Findlay and Bryan Josh. He has a soft timbre on "The Last Bright Light" that has an amazing performance by all band's members. The rendition of "Above The Blue" is very special with the gentle voice of Heather only accompanied by Iain Jennings on piano. An upbeat portion of the show follows with three excellent rockers "Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)", "Broken Glass" and "Never The Rainbow", an old classic with a new shine. Then three quieter songs follow up with "Pocket Watch", the stirring "Tearing At The Faerytale" and "Carpe Diem" with its melancholic atmosphere. The set and this second CD close in a great way with the classic and emotional "Heroes Never Die" one the favourites of their fans.

Conclusion: As I wrote before, when I reviewed the Part I of the live album, the two parts of "Live 2009" belong, for me, to the same live album. So, personally, I would have preferred that the two CD's were released on the same live album, a double live album. However, as Mostly Autumn decided to release the two parts into two separate live albums, we must respect the decision of the band. Anyway, we can't deny that "Live 2009 - Part II" is better than "Live 2009 - Part I". The set list is better and it has also some versions even better than their studio versions. In my humble opinion, Mostly Autumn is a great live band. Almost all of their songs, when performed live, sound better than the original studio versions. Their music when played live, wins a certain dynamism and a new life. Concluding, "Live 2009 - Part II" is the better part of the two live CD's mainly because of the song choices and the overall live musical atmosphere. So and in contrast with "Live 2009 - Part I", I've should rate "Live 2009 - Part II" with 5 stars and not with the 4 stars of "Live 2009 - Part I". But, I'm still thinking the two CD's should be heard as a single live concert. They're two parts of the same coin. They belong to the same live set. So, if that had happened, I wouldn't have hesitated to give 5 stars to that live release.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Live 2009 - Part I by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2009
3.64 | 18 ratings

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Live 2009 - Part I
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 706

'Live 2009 - Part I' is the ninth live album of Mostly Autumn and was released in 2009. For some strange reason, which only the band can knows, they opted to release these live songs in two different CD's. Sincerely, I would have preferred that it would have been released as a double CD because, for me, it made much more sense. The two discs together make up one whole Mostly Autumn's live concert, so typical of the set list on their 2009 spring live tour. Anyway, we must respect the decision of the group, and so, I'm going also to review these songs as two separated live albums.

The line up that participates on this live album is Heather Findlay (lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, whistles and percussion), Anne-Marie Helder (backing vocals, flutes, keyboards, piano, acoustic guitars and percussion), Olivia Sparnenn (backing vocals and percussion), Bryan Josh (lead and backing vocals and lead and rhythm guitars), Liam Davison (backing vocals, rhythm, acoustic and 12 string guitars, slide guitars and percussion), Iain Jennings (piano and keyboards), Andy Smith (bass guitars) and Gavin Griffiths (drums).

About this line up there are two things that deserve a special mention. The first is that despite have played with the band on numerous occasions, this is the first release from Mostly Autumn to feature the drummer Gavin Griffiths as a band's member. The second is that sadly it represents one of the last times to features their original former member, the vocalist Heather Findlay as a band's member. She would leave Mostly Autumn to pursue a solo musical career. I'm absolutely sure that she certainly belts her way into our hearts and that we'll miss her voice. Findlay would be replaced by her colleague Olivia Sparnenn on their next studio album 'Go Well Diamond Heart', released in the next year, 2010.

'Live 2009 - Part I' has eight tracks. The first track 'Fading Colours' was released on 'Heart Full Of Sky'. The second track 'Caught In A Fold' was released on 'Passengers'. The third track 'Flowers For Guns' was released on 'Glass Shadows'. The fourth track 'Unoriginal Sin' was released on 'Glass Shadows'. The fifth track 'Simply Ways' was released on 'Passengers'. The sixth track 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past - Part 2' was released on 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past'. The seventh track 'Half The Mountain' was released on 'The Last Bright Light'. The eighth track 'Evergreen' was released on 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past'.

During this first CD the band performed some of their best songs easy to remember with some of their great classics. So, we can say that the band is in a very good shape. Together they worked through many of their old material as well as songs from their most recent work at the time, the 'Glass Shadows' album. From the opening strains of the dynamic gem of 'Heart Full Of Sky', 'Fading Colours' which is laced with an unworldly duel female vocal, we proceeds with the rocking riff heavy 'Caught In A Fold' with the very beautiful vocal work of Heather Findlay. Then, we have one of the standout tracks here 'Flowers For Guns' well sung by Findlay, as usual, which showcases one of her last tracks with Mostly Autumn. 'Unoriginal Sin', also from 'Glass Shadows', is very nice with its melody and rhythm but where the highlight goes to the melodious duet between Heather and Olivia. 'Simply Ways' with its Gilmour's tone gets its central role essentially in Bryan Josh. Next up to all these we have three of some of their most and best classics 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past ' Part 2', 'Half The Mountain' and 'Evergreen'. In reality, these songs have been heard on just about every live album of the band but still hold a very special and magic sensation on every live Mostly Autumn's live set.

Conclusion: As I wrote above, this CD only represents the first part of a double live album. So, it's very difficult for me to analyze this live album because there are only eight songs in the total of twenty songs of the live set. So, I'm going to talk about the quality of these eight songs. 'Fading Colours' opens the album magnificently in a very strong way. It always was one of my favourite songs of one of my favourite albums of the band 'Heart Full Of Sky'. 'Caught In a Fold' is a very good song from another excellent album 'Passengers'. However, the things aren't at the same level with the two next songs 'Flower For Guns' and 'Unoriginal Sin' from their album 'Glass Shadows'. Who knows my Mostly Autumn's reviews knows that I'm not a great fan of that album and I consider 'Glass Shadows' and 'Go Well Diamond Heart' the weakest of all their ten studio albums. 'Simple Ways' is another excellent song taken from their excellent album 'Passengers'. 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past - Part 2' is one of the best songs of 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past' and is also, in my humble opinion, one of their best tracks. The same applies to the next song 'Half The Mountain' that belongs to their best and greatest masterpiece, their studio album 'The Last Bright Light'. The album closes with 'Evergreen' another fine song, also taken from their great album 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past'. We are in presence of another excellent live album of Mostly Autumn with only two weak points. I think this live album deserves 4 solid stars.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Studio 2 by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2023
4.87 | 6 ratings

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Studio 2
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by nutulescug

5 stars mbzr46 - In April 2022 Mostly Autumn were given the amazing opportunity to have two days in Abbey Road studios by York St John University. This recording is the result. Bryan Josh says: -"Unloading our equipment into Abbey Road - Studio 2 was like some untouchable dream you had as a child but were now part of. With the giants of music breathing down our necks and all those classic songs still ghosting in the walls, we set the band up together with a string quartet to record a live performance. There was no audience, barring the on-site engineers, film crew and some onlookers from York St John University. We all knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. This was just us performing live - a group of musicians performing as one when it really mattered, in that incredible cathedral of music history, Abbey Road - Studio 2.

THIS IS NOT A LIVE ALBUM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Live at the Boerderij by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2013
4.17 | 22 ratings

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Live at the Boerderij
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 683

Mostly Autumn was formed in the middle of the 90's. They're a band with a very regular musical production. So, in 1999 they released "For All We Shared" and "The Spirit Of Autumn Past", in 2001 "The Last Bright Light" and "Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings", in 2003 "Passengers", in 2005 "Storms Over Still Water", in 2006 "Heart Full Of Sky", in 2008 "Glass Shadows", in 2010 "Go Well Diamond Heart" and in 2012 their last studio album at the time "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". Besides all these studio works they released also a true very impressive amount of live works.

"Live At The Boerderij" is the fourteenth live album of Mostly Autumn and was released in 2013. It was also released in the DVD format in the same year. It was recorded and filmed live at the Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands in 15 September 2012. "Live At The Boerderij" is a live album recorded and released with songs taken from their live tour to promote their last studio album, at the time, "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" that was also released in the same year.

The line up on "Live At The Boerderij" is Olivia Sparnenn (lead vocals and tambourine), Anne-Marie Helder (backing vocals, flute and keyboards), Bryan Josh (lead vocals and lead guitars), Liam Davison (guitars), Iain Jennings (keyboards), Andy Smith (bass guitars) and Gavin Griffiths (drums).

"Live At The Boerderij" has eighteen tracks. The first track "Distant Train" was released on "Passengers". The second track "Unquiet Tears" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". The third track "Drops Of The Sun" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". The fourth track "The Devil & The Orchestra" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". The fifth track "Evergreen" was released on "The Spirit Of Autumn Past". The sixth track "Ice" was released on "Go Well Diamond Heart". The seventh track "Questioning Eyes" isn't a Mostly Autumn's track. It was released by Breathing Space. The eighth track "The Dark Before The Dawn" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The ninth track "Deep In Borrowdale" was released on "Go Well Diamond Heart". The tenth track "Passengers" was released on "Passengers". The eleventh track "The Last Climb" was released on "For All We Shared". The twelfth track "Tennyson Mansion" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". The thirteenth track "Wild Eyed Skies" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". The fourteenth track "The Last Bright Light" was released on "The Last Bright Light". The fifteenth track "Heroes Never Die" was released on "For All We Shared". The sixteenth track "And When The War Is Over" was released on "Go Well Diamond Heart". The seventeenth track "The Last Train" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". The eighteenth track "Tonight" was released on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra".

The CD 1 of "Live At The Boerderij" opens with a suitable atmospheric, the moody instrumental "Distant Train". It's followed by the opening three tunes from "The Ghost Moon Orchestra", "Unquiet Tears", "Drops Of The Sun" and "The Devil & The Orchestra". They showcase Josh's guitar histrionics and his raw vocals and Olivia's immaculate singing. She's also pretty skilful covering "Evergreen" a track from the time of Heather Findlay. The set list proceeds with the inclusion of the catchy "Ice" and the original Breathing Space strong emotional and breathtaking track "Questioning Eyes". The CD 2 begins in an up-tempo fashion with "The Dark Before The Dawn" and the ponderous "Deep In Borrowdale". A welcome respite from the two previous heavier tracks mayhem comes in the shape "Passengers", a very Floydian and beautiful track "The Last Climb", where Anne-Marie shines in her solo flute spot, and the more recent "Tennyson Mansion" from "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". Also from "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" we have the anthemic "Wild Eyed Skies" that precedes a couple of old favourites of their fans "The Last Bright Light" and the very emotional "Heroes Never Die" to close the main set in a fine style. The live set has also three more tracks as an encore. It starts with "And When The War Is Over" followed by the great pairing "The Last Train" and "Tonight". Here Olivia is at her best, especially on "Tonight" where she gives everything she has. This is a great way to close this excellent live set.

Conclusion: "Live At The Boerderij" represents another great live album from Mostly Autumn. It's mostly focused on their two last studio albums at the time, "Go Well Diamond Heart" and "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". However, it revisits some other studio albums. Again the band chose to release a double live album with the second CD longer than the first one. But contrary to "Live 2009 ? Part I and Part II", "That Night In Leamington" and "Still Beautiful ? Live 2011", the quality of both CD's is practically equal. However, the general quality of "Live At The Boerderij" is a bit lower of those three live albums. Anyway, "Live At The Boerderij" remains as an excellent live double album that features some of their best songs. The set list is very good and the sound quality is really superb. With this live album Mostly Autumn proved, one more time, they are still able to continue producing some of the best progressive live music in the world.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 White Rainbow by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.04 | 179 ratings

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White Rainbow
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nš 664

Mostly Autumn is an English prog folk band that was formed in 1990 in York, England, but that didn't come to fruition until 1998. All begun when two friends, Bryan Josh and Liam Davison, who started their first steps in music at the same time and with the sole ambition of learn and playing the songs of their favorite band Pink Floyd. They created the basis of Mostly Autumn. The biggest influences of the band are Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Genesis and prog rock bands from the 70's. Their music incorporates diverse folk instruments like flute, bodhram, violins and powerful vocal harmonies.

"White Rainbow" is the thirteenth studio album of Mostly Autumn and that was released in 2018. The line up on "White Rainbow" is Bryan Josh (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Olivia Sparnenn-Josh (lead and backing vocals and bass), Chris Johnson (vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass guitar), Iain Jennings (keyboards, Hammond organ, piano and strings), Angela Gordon (backing vocals, flute and recorders), Andy Smith (bass guitar) and Henry Rogers (drums and percussion). "White Rainbow" had also the participation of Anne-Marie Helder (vocals), Troy Donockley (uillean pipes and whistle), Simon Waggott (Hammond organ), Liam Davison (vocals and guitar) and Gavin Griffiths (drums).

"White Rainbow" is a special album in Mostly Autumn's career. It's dedicated to the memory of the historic guitarist and partner of Bryan, Liam, which passed away in 2017. A loss evidently still not metabolized by Bryan and his companions. As Bryan said, Liam was a dear old friend and a fellow musician 18 years with Mostly Autumn. Since the title and the first two tracks till the last one, we can feel all that. So, we can say that "White Rainbow" is a darker work with many beautiful moments. The music comes across as effervescent, mysterious, and nostalgic. You will again hear weighty portions of folk and Celtic music, but progressive rock shines through in several important moments like the title track.

"Procession" is a short and beautiful Celtic introductory piece with guitar and the uilleann pipes of Donockley setting the mood for a dark album. "Viking Funeral" has an atmosphere full of tension from the beginning. Mystical sounds and synths are in harmony with quite heavy guitars that reminds Pink Floyd. It has an electronic overlay to it that gives it both modern and ancient feelings. The combination is really outstanding. This is one of the centre pieces of the album. "Burn" is a slower affair after the previous tracks. It's the first song with Olivia's lead vocals and the first goose bump moments. It's a brightly shining star in the darkness of this album with huge melodies and this overwhelming sense of longing. "Run For The Sun" is a kind of a development of "Burn", another quiet number. Again Olivia takes the vocals. The song builds up more and more over the time, progressing to march rhythms on the drums and culminating in a highly melodic guitar solo. "Western Skies" starts out as a soaring ballad, but it transitions into an orchestral gallop of huge proportions as is usual with the band. So, one cannot speak of a thoroughbred ballad. It's one of the best tracks on the album. "Into The Stars" is very catchy with a relative specific weight on the album. It's a number that can be called the straightest in the context of the entire album. "Up" is a darker piece led by Josh's voice alternated by a large melodic digression. In the refrain, the singing becomes much more melodic, offering plenty of keys, mainly organ, and culminates in a great guitar solo. "The Undertow" takes us on a tender journey supported by acoustic guitar and organ and boasts a lot of groove. It has a much brighter and airier feel than the rest of the album. "Gone" is a short touching acoustic moment with voice, guitar, keyboards and flute. It was lovely to hear Angela's flute make a return to a Mostly Autumn's album. The title track, itself, is a work of pure brilliance and, in some ways, outshines everything else. It's an epic only in the sense that is almost 20 minutes long. It's split into sections. The way it plays is a real collection of dark transitions that pass through melodic highs to riffing lows. It has poignant and brilliant lyrics and Bryan's gruff vocals against Olivia's powerful soprano form a beautiful contrast. In the middle, we can see references to "Fading Colours" from "Heart Full Of Sky". "Young" has a very obvious theme and lyrically feels like it could be from the first two albums. It's an extreme and heartfelt greeting to the deceased companion able to move you to listen. The vocal duet, the piano accompaniment and the punctual stitching work of the keyboards until the dutiful final crescendo is simply wonderful.

Conclusion: As I mentioned above, "White Rainbow" is a very special album, a tribute to an old friend of Bryan and a founder member of the band, a brilliant tribute to a discreet musician. Due to that, "White Rainbow" is a dark nostalgic album that oscillates between the heavy and effervescent parts and the calm and melodic ones. So, somehow, "White Rainbow" is a prog album in a class of its own. It's an album full of fascinating moments, full of emotions and art. It's also notable for combining male and female vocals and doing it so well. Liam would have been proud. "White Rainbow" is a great prog rock album, a truly wonderful testimony of an excellent band that still can touch deep into your heart.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Sight of Day by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.89 | 170 ratings

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Sight of Day
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 661

Mostly Autumn started around 1996 in England. The founder of the band was guitarist and singer Bryan Josh, who had been working on song material for several years. Other important founding members were singer Heather Findley and keyboardist Iain Jennings, who also played a major role in the compositions. Mostly Autumn have shaped their own kind of Prog Folk, whose style elements are composed of motifs of the Celtic music paired with a strong Pink Floyd's influence. In addition to the guitar and keyboards, flutes, pipes, bagpipes and violins, always complemented the sound.

'Sight Of Day' is the twelfth studio album of Mostly Autumn and that was released in 2017. The line up on the album is Bryan Josh (vocals, guitar and keyboards), Olivia Sparnenn (vocals, keyboards and tambourine), Iain Jennings (keyboards and organ), Chris Johnson (vocals, guitar, keyboards and tambourine), Angela Gordon (backing vocals, flute, whistle and recorder), Andy Smith (bass) and Alex Cromarty (drums and percussion). The album had also the participation of Troy Donockley (Uilleann pipes and whistle) and Anna Phoebe (violins), both as guest musicians.

'Sight Of Day' has ten tracks. It's a lengthy piece of music with more than seventy minutes long. The first track is the title track 'Sight Of Day' and was written by Josh. This track represents mainly what Mostly Autumn is all about. It's full of subtlety, power and emotion. The performances are fantastic and Sparnenn's vocals sit well next to Josh's singing and the down to earth lyrics are a refreshing change from those adopted by most song writers. The second track 'Once Around The Sun' written by Josh with its more basic laid back hard rock approach is almost the antithesis of the epic title track. Josh takes on the lead vocals and there's a strong guitar riff that goes on and on. Josh shines on his electric guitar and his lead vocals. The third track 'The Man Without A Name' written by Sparnenn has another different vibe altogether. The song is a piano ballad that makes the use of the delicate side of Sparnenn's voice. This is a very simple song, with the piano being the dominant instrument throughout and her very beautiful vocal display. The fourth track 'Hammerdown' written by Josh has some of the band's classic murky and emotional tug. The melody is attractive and the singing by Josh and Sparnenn is again very good and smooth, as usual, and the instrumentation is well chosen. To spice up the song another great guitar solo is added. The fifth track 'Changing Lives' written by Johnson, changes completely the mood of the album. It's nice to hear Johnson showcase his writing and singing talents during this track and the addition of another voice not only acts as a contrast, but also enhances the harmonies during the other songs. The sixth track 'Only The Brave' written by Josh and Sparnenn has a more hard rock approach. It starts with some choir like singing and after it became a very energetic song, driven by Smith and Cromarty, back the main guitar riff and Josh's vocals. The keys and Hammond arrangements are great too. The song also has fine parts from guests Anna and Donockley. The seventh track 'Native Spirit' written by Josh is a track in which a quiet acoustic guitar and a haunting keyboard arrangement form a huge contrast. This is Josh's song in the main and he tops it off with some great guitar work. The song comes to a beautiful climax with great orchestral parts from the keyboards. The eighth track 'Tomorrow Dies' written by Josh and Jennings contains one of Sparnenn's best ever vocal displays. She has an enormous range, combined with great strength in her voice. The keyboards dictate the song most of the time and combined with a good guitar work make of this another stand out track. The ninth track 'Raindown' written by Josh is another murky and emotional piece. Sparnenn again shines on this ballad. While the song is quite long, it never feels, since the emotion and the fantastic playing are present. Again the duo Anna and Donockley have been given beautiful musical parts to shine on. The tenth and last track 'Forever And Beyond' written by Josh is atypical. It's a surprisingly low key song that really harks back to band's early days. It's quite cheerful, with some folksy flutes and an uplifting keyboard work. The song once again shows that the band can come up with excellent compositions and ends the album in a nice style.

Conclusion: Overall, 'Sight Of Day' can only be described as a triumph. It represents a confident combination of the old and new. This is another great return to their roots, a modern day shanty and a fitting end to a gratifying collection of songs each packed with heart and hope. In some ways, Mostly Autumn has travelled adding new flavours along their way. The band has obviously won a lot of new friends all over the years. This album is a reminder that Mostly Autumn remains as one of the most consistent and passionate British progressive rock bands. They have a genius for alchemy, such as, taking many of the familiar elements of the classic prog mainly Floydian and Tullish influences, the traditional Celtic music and mythic themes, and transmuting them into something fit for our uncertain 21st century. So, 'Sight Of Day' is an album highly recommended to all Mostly Autumn's fans and to all progressive rock lovers in general, indeed.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Dressed in Voices by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.88 | 211 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 658

Mostly Autumn had their origins in the mind of Bryan Josh in the early of 1990 but didn't come to fruition until 1998. Josh had been working on song material for several years. Other important founding members were the singer Heather Findley and the keyboardist Iain Jennings, who also played a major role in the compositions. Mostly Autumn blend progressive and atmospheric rock with motifs from the Celtic music paired with Pink Floyd and Genesis' sounds. In addition to guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, flutes, pipes, bagpipes, violins, etc., complement their type of sound.

"Dressed In Voices" is the eleventh studio album of Mostly Autumn and was released in 2014. The line up on the album is Bryan Josh (lead vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars and keyboards), Olivia Sparnenn (lead vocals and percussion), Liam Davison (electric and slide guitars), Iain Jennings (keyboards and Hammond organ), Anne- Marie Helder (backing vocals and flute), Andy Smith (bass guitar) and Alex Cromarty (drums). The album had also the participation of B. J. Cole (pedal steel guitar) and Troy Donockley (high whistle and bouzouki), both as guest musicians.

"Dressed In Voices" is a conceptual album based around the cold-blooded murder of an ordinary guy who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and challenging the murderer to see what he has taken away, both the life before the bullet and the subsequent life of which the victim has been deprived. It's a very dark theme and Josh questioned himself during the writing process as to whether the subject matter was just too bleak. But, the final result is a stunning piece of work that cajoles every emotion from the listener with great lyrics and astounding music.

"Dressed In Voices" has fourteen tracks. "Saturday Night" sets the scene for the story that is about to unfold in the following 60 minutes. It starts with a dark sequence, quickly followed by the high notes of Olivia. This is a promising opening. "Not Yours To Take" is a stunningly sculpted track from a band that is working as a very tight unit. This is a staccato track sung by Josh. The harmonies here are surprisingly fitting. "Running" features the main vocals by Olivia. It has an excellent combination between the voice of Olivia, the soaring guitar of Josh and Jennings' keyboards. "See You" isn't almost a track. With its 23 seconds it fits the theme, but it's superfluous. "Home" is a rock song with many interesting parts that can keep my attention all over the time. It's built upon with high contrasts like Olivia's voice versus Josh's guitar solo. "First Day At School" is the lengthiest track on the album. It's an example of a simple song backing of piano and strings, fronted by the male/female harmonizing. This is a track of contrasting halves, the first one is a ballad and the second is more up-tempo. "Down By The River" is a direct rock song, as happened on many of their recent albums. It sounds as a heavy rock played in the early 70's. It's strange to hear the contrast with the previous song. "Skin On Skin" is a traditional folk song from the earliest days of Mostly Autumn. It's the folksiest song on the album. It has a totally different atmosphere from the previous song and proves that the band has a distinct style very own. "The House On The Hill" is an acoustic traditional country music. It's a beautiful ballad sung with double vocal lines by Olivia. This is a quiet song with the aim of calming the listener after the loads of energy of the previous songs. "The Last Day" is a dramatic ballad eminently sung by Olivia supported by Jennings' keyboards. Jennings composed the music with Josh taking care of the lyrics. It reminds me the first albums of the band. This is another highlight on the album. "Dressed In Voices" has nice acoustic guitars, angelic voices and good lyrics. It has a quiet acoustic beginning and a guitar outburst in the end. All the good qualities of Mostly Autumn can be heard here. "The Library" is a slow short bluesy song, in the vein of David Gilmour, with Josh singing in the high regions of his voice, supported halfway by Olivia. "Footsteps" is another very short instrumental. It has some dark and looming sounds of footsteps, an intro for the last song. "Box Of Tears" ends the album with impressive lyrics. It's a beautiful ballad emotionally sung by Olivia with Jennings's piano and Josh's acoustic guitar on the background. This is a great closing track to the album.

Conclusion: "Dressed In Voices" is another excellent album of Mostly Autumn which seems to have brought together the perfect fusion of their influences. Previous albums have hinted at this fusion, but, invariably seemed to fall into the prog folk or the heavier side. Here, the band weaves between the melodic, symphonic, heavy and Celtic influences seamlessly. It has also a perfect interplay between the voices of Olivia and Josh, which is one of the huge plus points of Mostly Autumn, to have two vocalists who are individually superb but also harmonize in an amazing manner. To the usual followers of Mostly Autumn, "Dressed In Voices", can be a true revelation. And it can also be a great starting point for people who don't know yet the music of Mostly Autumn. "Dressed In Voices" is an excellent entry into their world. The album gets better with a repeated listening. "Dressed In Voices" is another Mostly Autumn's refined hour.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Live at the Grand Opera House by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Live, 2004
4.15 | 20 ratings

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Live at the Grand Opera House
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 654

'Live At The Grand Opera House' is the sixth live album of Mostly Autumn that was released in 2004. It was recorded at the Grand Opera House in York, England. It represents the return of the band to their home town. 'Live At The Grand Opera House' was released in three different versions. It was released in 2003 a DVD with twelve tracks and another DVD, a limited edition, with nineteen tracks. It was released in 2004 a CD version, a smaller version with only ten tracks.

The line up on 'Live At The Grand Opera House' is Bryan Josh (vocals, lead electric guitars, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars and E-bow), Heather Findlay (vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, bodhran and tambourine), Ian Jennings (vocals, keyboards and Hammond organ), Liam Davison (vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, electric and slide guitars), Angela Goldthorpe (flute and whistles), Andy Smith (bass guitar) and Jonathan Blackmore (drums). The concert had also the participation of Troy Donockley (Uilleann pipes and electric guitar), of the choir of the members of The Micklegate Singers and of the 'Synthesis' String Quartet, as guest musicians.

So, the CD version of 'Live At The Grand Opera House' has ten tracks. The first track 'Caught In A Fold' was originally released on their album 'Passengers'. The second track 'The Dark Before The Dawn' was originally released on their album 'The Last Light Bright'. The third track 'Answer The Question' was originally released on their album 'Passengers'. The fourth track 'Goodbye Alone' was originally released on their album 'Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings'. The fifth track 'Passengers' was originally released on their album 'Passengers'. The sixth track 'The Gap Is Too Wide' was originally released on their album 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past'. The seventh track 'Distant Train' was originally released on their album 'Passengers'. The eighth track 'Bitterness Burnt' was also originally released on their album 'Passengers'. The ninth track 'Comfortably Numb' is a cover's song originally released by Pink Floyd on their album 'The Wall'. The tenth track 'Pass The Clock' was originally released on their album 'Passengers'.

So, as the CD version has only ten tracks, there are more nine songs that were performed on that live show and that don't appear on this CD version. Those songs are: 'Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)', 'Heroes Never Die', 'Evergreen', 'Winter Mountain', 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past (Part 2)', 'Never The Rainbow', 'Overture ' The Forge Of Sauron', 'Greenwood The Great (Shadow Glades)' and 'Smoke On The Water', which is a cover song of Deep Purple.

With 'Live At The Grand Opera House', the Queens and Kings of the 'Pink Floyd Folk' presented a really big hit again and had themselves filmed in York's at the Grand Opera House. The live concert by no means has a stiff operatic atmosphere, only the hall is an opera house, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the audience is very enthusiastic but without compulsion. No wonder that. In reality, there's really something great to offer here by Mostly Autumn. A sell out crowd at the Grand Opera House waited to acclaim the returning heroes on a magical evening which featured the full majesty of an extended Mostly Autumn's performance augmented by a string quartet, a choir and the presence of the multi-instrumentalist Troy Donnockley. This is a very powerful concert of a major event in the musical evolution of the band as Mostly Autumn unveiled the 'Passengers' stage presentation. Probably, the Grand Opera House really is the best place to see Mostly Autumn live since it represents their return to their origins. In reality, Mostly Autumn is a top quality band, and one of York's true musical treasures. The choice of the repertoire for this live concert is excellent. The performance is top notch and there's also a lot of tonal depth when all seven performers are perfectly coordinated, which is almost all of the time, and they end the show on a cheery, Christmassy high. We have a fine selection of their own material up to 'Passengers' album and two excellent covers of 'Smoke On The Water' and 'Comfortably Numb'.

Conclusion: There's something unique but highly impenetrable about Mostly Autumn which leaves us mixed feelings after viewing a show of them for the first time. Formed back in 1996, the band despite numerous lines up changes, have carved themselves a niche by dedicating them to the progressive rock whose heyday was back in the 70's. They have endured despite never having a major record label primarily financing their own albums and tours. They undoubtedly attract a diehard but clearly selected fan base all over the globe. 'Live At The Grand Opera House' isn't an exception. The only thing I regret is that I don't have the limited version with the entire show. I always was a great fan of the band and my favourite studio albums are the first three. So, some of my favourite songs from the band that were performed on stage, were left out, like 'Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)', 'Heroes Never Die', 'Evergreen', 'Winter Mountain', 'The Spirit Of Autumn Past (Part 2)' and 'Never The Rainbow'. However, 'Live At The Grand Opera House' has some amazing emotional music from a stunning prog rock band, unfortunately an underrated band, at the peak of their form.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 The Ghost Moon Orchestra by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.74 | 142 ratings

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The Ghost Moon Orchestra
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nš 651

"The Ghost Moon Orchestra" is the tenth studio album of Mostly Autumn that was released in 2012. This is the second album recorded with Olivia Sparnenn as their lead singer. This time she succeeded in sounding even stronger than on "Go Well Diamond Heart". It's remarkable that this is a studio album with the same line up of their previous ninth studio album "Go Well With Diamond Heart", which isn't a very common with this group. The only other occasion that it happened before was with their second, third and fourth studio albums "The Spirit Of Autumn Past", "The Last Bright Light" and "Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings" respectively, on which all three albums have the same line up.

So, the line up on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" is Bryan Josh (lead vocals, lead rhythm and acoustic guitars and keyboards), Olivia Sparnenn (lead vocals and percussion), Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, keyboards, flute hand drum and percussion), Ian Jennings (keyboards, piano and Hammond organ), Liam Davison (vocals and electric and acoustic guitars), Andy Smith (bass guitars) and Gavin Griffiths (drums). Troy Donockley (low whistle and Uilleann pipes) also participated on "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" as a guest musician, as is usual with many Mostly Autumn's albums.

"The Ghost Moon Orchestra" has ten tracks. The first track "Unquiet Tears" written by Josh, Jennings and Sparnenn opens the album wonderfully. It begins with the crystalline voice of Olivia accompanied by a dramatic piano and some bass notes. After a couple of minutes the full band comes up and explodes into a very beautiful symphonic piece of music. The second track "Drops Of The Sun" written by Josh and Jennings is a song that returns to a more familiar territory of the band. It's another rock song with vocals shared beautifully between Josh and Sparnenn. This is a song with a similar vein with the other previous short numbers from the group. The third track "The Devil And The Orchestra" written by Josh is a song that follows the same mood of the two previous songs. It's a very powerful track with some heavy musical atmosphere and with some nice guitar work. This is a heavy rock song with a Deep Purple's style and which is only sung by Josh alone with his very own vocal technique. The fourth track is the title track "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" and was written by Josh and Sparnenn. This is a song with very sinister lyrics and musical atmosphere, in a perfect line with the title of the song. It's another great and very dynamic song with a graceful vocal and piano melody and an excellent lead guitar solo at the end. This is one of the best progressive tracks of the album. The fifth track "This Ragged Heart" written by Josh is a semi-acoustic pastoral song with the low whistle, and the flute harks back to the folk sound of their earlier studio albums. This is a song with great melody and has one of the most uplifting tunes that Josh has penned for many years. The sixth track "King Of The Valley" written by Josh represents the back to most hard rock songs with Sparnenn displaying just the right emotion level all over the song. It's a song with some reminiscences of "Heart Full Of Sky" and where the Hammond organ solo performed by Iain is absolutely impressive. The seventh track "Things That We Noticed" written by Josh is a very beautiful ballad, reflecting upon the change and the loss, and is an understated thing of beauty, really. It represents on the album a relatively breezy song with another strong and beautiful vocal performance of Sparnenn and it has also nice chorus. The eighth track "Tennyson Mansion" written by Josh is a multi-part epic track that opens with a mellow guitar sound providing the land for the great evocative main theme with lush keyboard work on the backdrop, and it includes also a terrific Josh guitar job. This is probably my favourite track on the entire album. The ninth track "Wild Eye Skies" written by Josh and Sparnenn is a song with a Celtic musical atmosphere, provided by the Uilleann pipes performed by Troy Donockley. It has a soaring chorus and a great guitar work, and is, in my opinion, a perfect song for Sparnenn's voice. The tenth and last track "Top Of The World" written by Josh is another great and beautiful track that shows a hauntingly good vocal duet by Josh and Sparnenn, and again, a truly impressive extended Josh guitar work. This is a song that closes perfectly and beautifully this magnificent album.

Conclusion: "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" is a great album and finally and fortunately represents the return of Mostly Autumn to their great musical works. I'm sincerely convinced that "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" is, without any doubt, the best studio album made by the band since 2006, the year of "Heart Full Of Sky", and that it was very close to be a masterpiece, like that album could have been. "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" continues the trend of the recent studio albums from the group, remodelling themselves for the 21st century with a look over the shoulder to their musical past heritage. With this album Olivia Sparnenn proves that she is a stunning, vocally and visually, front female member of the band that replaced Heather Findlay perfectly well. The album also proves that Bryan Josh remains the great alive creative force beyond the group despite some excellent and significant contributions of some other band's members.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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