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MOSTLY AUTUMN

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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MOSTLY AUTUMN's music can be described as powerful atmospheric rock with a Celtic edge, influenced by PINK FLOYD, DEEP PURPLE and GENESIS, and reminiscent of 70's FLEETWOOD MAC and FAIRPORT CONVENTION. Their sound incorporates the uses of flute, low and penny whistles, violins and vocal harmonies - over a powerful band, existing of keyboards, two guitarists, bass and drums.

This band continues to grow into the classic description of a progressive band. After each disc they get better and better. MOSTLY AUTUMN currently have 6 albums to date. Third album is their most mature to date. A great mix of influences from CAMEL, PINK FLOYD, RENAISSANCE and some folkish JETHRO TULL. Recorded in November 2001 within a very short time, "Music Inspired By The Lords Of The Rings" is not the true awaited opus but rather a respectful tribute to J.R.R. TOLKIEN's "Lord Of The Rings", a timeless masterpiece of fantasy literature.


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For All We SharedFor All We Shared
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Go Well Diamond HeartGo Well Diamond Heart
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MOSTLY AUTUMN shows & tickets


  • Mostly Autumn at Spirit of 66, Verviers on 28 Nov 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 29 Nov 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Academy 3, Manchester on 5 Dec 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at Robin 2, Bilston on 6 Dec 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at The Ferry, Glasgow on 7 Dec 2014
  • Mostly Autumn at The Stables, Milton Keynes on 14 Dec 2014

MOSTLY AUTUMN discography


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MOSTLY AUTUMN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 97 ratings
For All We Shared
1999
3.81 | 108 ratings
The Spirit Of Autumn Past
1999
4.01 | 166 ratings
The Last Bright Light
2001
3.08 | 66 ratings
Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings
2001
3.69 | 106 ratings
Passengers
2003
3.52 | 106 ratings
Storms Over Still Water
2005
3.45 | 81 ratings
Heart Full of Sky
2006
3.41 | 85 ratings
Glass Shadows
2008
3.48 | 86 ratings
Go Well Diamond Heart
2010
3.78 | 73 ratings
The Ghost Moon Orchestra
2012
3.77 | 86 ratings
Dressed in Voices
2014

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

4.03 | 29 ratings
The Story So Far
2001
2.71 | 10 ratings
Fiddler's Shindig (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
4.03 | 12 ratings
Live in the USA (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
3.33 | 9 ratings
Live At The Canterbury Fayre
2003
2.78 | 29 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2004
4.67 | 9 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2004
4.17 | 6 ratings
The V Shows
2005
3.29 | 9 ratings
Storms Over London Town
2006
3.46 | 9 ratings
Live 2009 - Part I
2009
4.24 | 10 ratings
Live 2009 - Part II
2009
3.93 | 27 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2011
4.08 | 5 ratings
Still Beautiful - Live 2011
2011
3.11 | 9 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2011
2011
4.13 | 8 ratings
Live at the Boerderij
2013

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

3.84 | 14 ratings
The Story So Far...
2001
3.00 | 4 ratings
The Next Chapter
2003
4.26 | 13 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2003
3.66 | 17 ratings
The 'V' Shows
2004
2.74 | 15 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2005
4.00 | 5 ratings
The Fiddler's Shindig
2005
4.10 | 11 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2010
4.00 | 5 ratings
Live At the Boerderij
2013

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

3.92 | 14 ratings
Heroes Never Die -The Anthology
2002
4.33 | 33 ratings
Catch The Spirit - The Complete Anthology
2002
4.49 | 31 ratings
Pass The Clock
2009

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

3.18 | 3 ratings
Prints In The Stone
2001
1.91 | 6 ratings
Spirits Of Christmas Past
2005

MOSTLY AUTUMN Reviews


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 Dressed in Voices by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 86 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by lazland
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5 stars I have every Mostly Autumn studio recording made, and a fair smattering of live products, as well. It is fair to say, then, that I am a fan. I was tempted firstly by the charms of Heather Findlay, but was not particularly phased by her leaving and being replaced by her old backing singer, Olivia Sparnenn, because I had listened to her doing a sterling job on main man Bryan Josh's solo extravaganza, Through These Eyes. My optimism was rewarded when the band put out two extremely good albums in Go Well Diamond Heart and The Ghost Moon Orchestra.

However, I have never awarded them the five star accolade, and, indeed, have stated on more than one review that this band seemed to be searching for that definitive album, that absolute statement which screamed out buy me, because this is my best.

On Dressed In Voices, they have, finally, achieved it. Quite why this wonderful English ensemble attracts so little attention on this site is beyond me, because the brand of prog folk, heavy prog and rock has been scintillating for some time, now, and, in Josh, our genre has a one of the few guitarists who can be honestly compared with axe gods of days of yore without becoming a little blushed with embarrassment at such a statement.

Dressed In Voices is a genuine concept album, and, it is fair to say, has as its subject matter a fairly dark state of affairs. It is the story of a murder, a gruesome murder, and how that murder encapsulates an entire lifetime of memories, dreams, hopes, and unfulfilled expectations in those seconds between the act itself and the eternal time to pass on. For no better example of what I mean in terms of yearning and damned intelligent lyric writing (set against a very dark undertone generated by the band), then hear Home, the song that Josh was born to write, and is heart rending in its emotion. The guitar solo is fantastic as it soars.

Like all of the finest concept albums, Dressed In Voices deserves to be heard in its entirety, and treated as one organic whole. I have waited for quite some time, and more than a few listens, before setting down my thoughts to this review, just in case the thrill of the first few listens wore out. It didn't. This record gets damn better with each and every single listen. It cries out intelligence.

More than anything else, you know, it is actually an uplifting piece of work. How? You might well ask, given the subject matter. Well, the answer is easy, really. As good as the band are (and Iain Jennings, in particular, has never sounded so good on keys), the core of all in this album is the newlywed Bryan and Olivia. And, you know what? This is an album that has love dripping all over the place, and that is what makes it so special. Listening to the pair of them harmonising on First Day At School, the longest single track here at seven and a half minutes long, is a perfect example of this. On The Last Day, Olivia demonstrates just why she is the finest female vocalist in today's prog scene. It is a delightful, plaintive, soaring performance that simply has to be heard to be believed, and, believe me, has love screaming out, as if it is the last moment she will share with her man, remembering Spirits of Autumn Past, indeed. Old fans will, by the way, adore the nod towards that great old track, with wonderful flute by the recently departed Anne-Marie Helder.

The band have, in the past, tended to veer a bit towards different styles on albums as a whole. So, The Last Bright Light and Passengers were strong prog folk albums, whilst Storms Over Still Waters lent to heavier territory. This album is the perfect fusion of all of the multitude of influences and experiences of its main players, and they move effortlessly between melodic, symphonic, heavy, and Celtic infused music. Skin on Skin is perhaps the most obvious example, with a melodic beginning, with sensitive vocals, morphing into a wonderful wall of sound with some exceptionally complex drumming, especially, by Alex Cromerty, whilst this delightful noise then segues into a quite beautiful female led acoustic piece in The House On The Hill.

Mostly Autumn have ceased to threaten with this album. It gets a very easy five stars. I urge all reading this review to get out and buy the definitive album from a band who really deserve to be packing out stadia (not that they would want to, of course!). The band have provided me with a very difficult choice for album of the year in what is proving to be a very strong and enjoyable 2014, for, believe me, this is every inch as good as Road Of Bones.

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 Dressed in Voices by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 86 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars Mostly Autumn is a name that I had heard for many years, but I never got the chance to hear their work until the sublime "The Ghost Moon Orchestra". Needless to say, after that surreal and wonderful album, I was so happy to see them release a new album called "Dressed in Voices". The eerie and lonely artwork is a fantastic introduction to this superb album.

Mostly Autumn has been a staple of progressive folk music for many years. The soft and docile female vocals are such a contrast to the Floydian guitars and the haunting atmospheres. Olivia Sparenenn provides the rich vox, and, oh, what a voice! Her highs are perfect, and her lows are gorgeous. She carries the album tremendously. The warm mix of male vocals, too, provides diversity and structure.

Instrumentally, "Dressed in Voices" takes the Mostly Autumn foundation to new heights and new places. I was instantly impressed with the big sound of the orchestrations, and the maturity and breadth of the music. I think a perfect example of this is the track "First Day of School", which contains a huge melody that soars and expands and feels all encompassing. I noticed that the guitars this time around are rather diverse. They remind me of Oldfield, Hackett, and Gilmour all at once, but the true genius of the solos and lines are never lost.

This band plays like a well-oiled machine or a single unit. The blaring flutes, the inventive bass and cool drums, and the incredible keys are all played with skill and elegance. Indeed, elegance is the primary adjective for this band and this album. Every track is played with finesse and artistry.

One of my biggest impressions of "Dressed in Voices" is the excellence found in each track. Each and every track has a beautiful, memorable melody that feels alive and vibrant. From the climaxes of "Saturday Night" and "Not Yours to Take" to the gigantic emotions of "First Day of School" and epic guitars of "Down by the River", this album fires on all cylinders. I honestly can't pick a favorite, as all of the tracks feature what I love so much about this band: climactic structures, haunting melodies, elegant instruments, flavorful guitars, and incredible vocals.

Mostly Autumn has struck gold with this wonderful album. It has a different tone than their last album, and I'm seriously impressed with the guitars, especially. There is so much space and so much gentility and dignity in this music, and so many stories to tell. Progressive folk is so good at telling stories, and Mostly Autumn is one of the best at this. Beauty is rare these days, so I recommend that you hear this album soon.

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 Prints In The Stone by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.18 | 3 ratings

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Prints In The Stone
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by Matti
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3 stars "Celtic Pink Floyd" was the description of MOSTLY AUTUMN that I read somewhere before getting to know their music, approximately nine years ago. Not a bad way to put it, and it at least partly fits for the title track of this single. It's a mellow, slow-tempo folk-pop song featuring recorders that give it the Celtic flavour. Bryan Josh sings and he sounds a lot like David Gilmour on this one. Their other typical ways of reminding Pink Floyd - such as the spacey melancholia and the Gilmouresque guitar soli - are not present. This song is not very proggy, it's closer to the style of Clannad, for example. Nice if you enjoy peaceful, folkish pop music, but not among MA's finest songs. It's taken from the album The Last Bright Light which I haven't heard.

'We Come And We Go' is also more mainstream pop/rock than prog, The drumming and rhythm is more notable but the tempo is relaxed. One could at first have the false thought of listening to DAVID GILMOUR's solo (On an Island has this kind of mellowness) before the louder chorus enters. During that the song makes me think of popular bands such as COLDPLAY. Quite OK, a bit more down to earth than MA usually.

'Heroes Never Die' is a powerful and more progressive song from MA's debut album For All We Shared..., a perfect example of their (original) style that operates between autumnal and emotional horizon painting and catchier & rockier elements. The chorus sticks out almost too much. But here you also get those gorgeous, melodic soloings. This song was among the first ones for me and still is one of my MA favourites.

Good, but non-essential. What I have listened to their later material (not much), I'm afraid after this era in their career their music lost part of its serenity and folk nuances and became less interesting to me.

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 The Spirit Of Autumn Past by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.81 | 108 ratings

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The Spirit Of Autumn Past
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Before the second Mostly Autumn release Kev Gibbons and drummer Allan Scott left the band, thus Angela Goldthorpe was promoted to a full time member on flutes and whistles, while the position behind the drum kit was filled by Rob McNeil.The album was named ''The Spirit of autumn past'' and for the first time Iona's Troy Donockley helped the band, blowing the Uilleann pipes on the last, epic track of the album.

Musically there are no significant differences with the debut album of this Celtic Folk-inspired group, maybe the electric guitars are upgraded in several tracks in a heavier and more pronounced sound, but generally the album comes as a mix of 70's-inspired Progressive Rock with Celtic tunes surrounding the arrangements.A few tracks though reveal this Anglo-Neo Prog attitude with the strong mid-70's GENESIS vibe, based on elaborate arrangements, careful melodies and clean vocals.Mostly Autumn appear to be very good in this particular style, but their more Folk-tinged material is what separates them from the mass of emerging Prog bands of the time.Their lust for sensitive yet grandiose textures and the ability to combine Celtic tradition with electric soundscapes is more than convincing.Impressive musicianship, which sounds like if PALLAS collaborated with MIKE OLDFIELD, featuring a cast of male and female singers.The songs are rewarding, full of striking melodies, memorable solos, atmospheric instrumentals, while the addition of a few heavier lines is also welcome.The listener can meet the excellence of crying violins, dreamy flutes and nostalgic pipes next to the echoes created by the soaring electric guitars and the orchestral keyboards, resulting yet another great album by this talented British combo.

This album holds all the principles of the Progressive Rock genre, adding the appropriate Folk content in measured doses, so the result is usually beautiful, emotional and always intricate.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Live at the Grand Opera House by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover DVD/Video, 2003
4.26 | 13 ratings

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Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This DVD captures Mostly Autumn at their most prestigious gig to date, selling out the Grand Opera House in their home city of York. For the occasion they also brought on stage at different times Troy Donockley (who has of course recorded with the band), a string quartet and a choir. Lots of lights, back projection films (which can also be viewed separately), and the impression is certainly given that this is a band that are ready to breakthrough to the big time. They have been likened many times to Pink Floyd, but that is unfair both to them and the Floyd. Yes, they incorporate many prog elements in their music, but there is also room for folk and by having two very different lead vocalists it means that they can move the sound around. This is a seven-piece outfit, but with strong singers and instrumentalists they come across as far more than that during the course of a gig.

Bryan Josh takes stage left and has quite a commanding presence, but when she is singing lead then it is definitely Heather Findlay who is the star, and knows it (when she is wearing her hat there is a very striking image). Songs such as "Answer The Question" show why this band is a force to be reckoned with, it is dark and brooding in the verse with riffing guitars and Bryan almost growling out the vocals, but when Heather joins in and then with Angela Goldthorpe takes over the music stays heavy (there are two electric guitars after all) but moves to a new plane. This is a song that builds and builds, with a piano somehow managing to stay on top of all of the power that is the pressure cooker just waiting to explode. Then just when it can't go any further it just gently drifts away, and the piano introduction to "Goodbye Alone" heralds yet another style.

When the band comes back for encores, there is a sense of relief, and they are going to have a good time. With Troy onstage, the three guitarists start the riff to "Smoke On The Water" and it is smiles all round. That and the next encore, "Comfortably Numb", are the only covers and the audience are left satiated, as was I. 90 minutes somehow doesn't seem long enough. I loved this band when I first heard them (what seems like) many years ago when they were signed to Cyclops, they have just kept getting better.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 Passengers by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.69 | 106 ratings

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Passengers
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 'Passengers' is the first album that I have heard since they left Cyclops, and I was intrigued to see how they had changed in the intervening time. Anyone who has reads the music press cannot have failed to see all of the adverts proclaiming the as the new Pink Floyd, but that didn't really fit with my memory of the band. I recall them being much more folky than that and prior to putting this on I read the credits. Sure, each member of the band (there are seven of them) all play 'normal' rock instruments. But hang on, what is a bodhran doing there? Then I checked the guests and found that only was there a guest cellist but also Troy Donockley was involved (low whistles, penny whistles, uileann pipes and bouzouki) as was Fairport's very own Chris Leslie on violin. Sounds a bit more folk than rock to me, and when I saw that Damian Wilson (Rick Wakeman, Threshold, Landmarq etc) was providing backing vocals I was even more impressed. But what does it sound like?

"Something In Between" has a piano introduction, then Bryan Josh and Heather Findlay lead the band in an almost Fleetwood Mac style number. Their voices work well together, and there is a real feeling of restraint as the shadows darken and the menace increases- this isn't Floyd, but a very different beast altogether. "Pure White Light" is next up, and a solo riffing guitar doesn't give an indication of what is to follow. The first verse has Bryan almost growling the vocals, with just a drum beat to accompany the guitar - but when it comes to the bridge the Floyd comparisons all start to make sense, as for a few bars the listener has been transported back thirty-five years, then just as suddenly the bright and breezy chorus sweeps away all the has gone before. I defy any proghead to play the first two songs on this album and then not want to play the rest - this is a great start and the quality doesn't let up from here on in.

Heather seems to have a more prominent role than I remember, but her voice works extremely well both solo and with Bryan's or Angela's, giving the band a strong 'focal' point. The music has great depth, and the band are equally adept playing music with a folk root or prog, even rock. For the introduction to the title number, it is just Heather and a piano with an acoustic guitar. As the song progresses it gets more and more powerful, but yet again not going over the top but building into something special.

It may have been a long time since I last heard Mostly Autumn but I am extremely glad that I have renewed my acquaintance - just superb.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 The Ghost Moon Orchestra by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2012
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The Ghost Moon Orchestra
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

4 stars "The Ghost Moon Orchestra" was more or less my introduction to this prog folk band, Mostly Autumn. I've been really getting into prog folk lately, as I've been enjoying Dead Can Dance, Blackmore's Night, and I've always loved Colin Masson's work. The thing I love about prog folk is that you never know what you'll get: It's all unpredictable seeing as there are many kinds of "folk" music.

Mostly Autumn represents my favorite type of folk: Their music is rather European in its folksy style, so their music contains all sorts of violins, bagpipes, flutes, and ethereal keys. On top of that, Olivia can sing like an angel, so that helps their case even more. I do prefer her vocals over that of Bryan Josh, the male vocalist. He has an interesting, breathy voice that I like, but I don't think 90% of singers out there could hold a candle to Olivia.

All of that being said, this album in particular is sweeping, climactic, soothing, and wispy all at the same time. The soaring symphonics always goad me into the music, while the Colin Masson-ish guitar work feeds my nostalgia. I especially liked the title track, "Tennyson Mansion", and "Top of the World". It seems that Mostly Autumn wears their poetic influences on their sleeves, but I can't help but wonder if The Carpenters were an influence here as well. Something I can't put my finger on tells me that. Either way, this is a great album that really lives up to its title, and it also rather handily earns 4 stars.

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 The Last Bright Light  by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.01 | 166 ratings

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The Last Bright Light
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by sinslice

4 stars Sometimes She Cries for Love.

Good dose of Rock, Folk and Space. This fantastic album has four pillars, which are the songs that masterfully unifies the three styles.

1) The Dark before the Dawn, deploying energy adjusted and flute super phrasing in the chorus.

2) The Last Bright Light, with its tense calm broken in the chorus, and well made drastic turns.

3) Helms Deep, a Celtic air captivating and formidable role of the flute on an acoustic, without neglecting the facet rocker in for good measure. Which Wood? is another piece folk friendly and excellently executed to be accelerating towards the end, in the style of Mike Oldfield and naturally leads to the last track.

4) Mother Nature, the best song in the discography of the group, in my humble opinion. Emotional and powerful. With an amazing floydian end.

Furthermore, Shrinking Violet and Hollow are mostly folk ballads preppy, brilliantly sung by Heather, with lofty guitar solos Josh.

Not enough to be an essential work, but it is worth bearing in mind and recommend regularly. Between 4 and 4,5.

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 The Last Bright Light  by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.01 | 166 ratings

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The Last Bright Light
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Already on their third album, Mostly Autumn are the brightest British light in Cyclops' firmament. And on the evidence of this there is no chance of it dimming at the moment. Mostly Autumn bring in Celtic elements and mix them with some progressive undertones, so that the songs stand very much in their on right. Add to that the strong vocals of Bryan Josh and Heather Findlay and this is a band to be much admired.

Some times, such as "We Come and We Go" they sound almost Floydian yet on others (such as "The Dark Before The Dawn") they bring in the power of Horslips in full flight. By the way, the intro to that last number sounds very similar to Holst's "Mars" but isn't credited?.

It is an album that has beauty and delicacy ("Hollow"), or power and passion. They have been touring with Blackmore's Night and the added exposure can only do them good. This album will see them move on from being the Classic Rock Society's Best New Band. It has many layers that only become apparent when played many times, but even on first hearing it is an album to be savoured.

Originally appeared in feedback #62, May 01

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 The Last Bright Light  by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2001
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The Last Bright Light
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars The Last bright light is the third album of this excellent band from UK named Mostly Autumn. I was really pleasent surprised by this album from the first time I've heared , I guess 7-8 years ago, and one of my fav from them for sure. Well crafted album , is a significant development of the band's progressive sound, definetly more progressive then their first two albums. Very smooth and elegant music, very similar with Pink Floyd, specially in vocal department, Bryan Josh delivers a Gilmore like vocal parts, but aswell the guitars are very like on the masters with nice celtic folky psychedlic touches. Lush arrangements, hammond , flute gives a very special atmosphere on this release. We Come And We Go and Half the mountin are simply beautuful full of depth and excellent arrangements, highlights for me, Bryan Josh voice is very warm and very good for this type of music, love it. Heather Findlay sing on two pieces and aswell she is very fine here. Lots of melodic lines, instrumental passages dominates the album in places, is even an instrumental one named Helms Deep, wich is very well constructed from mellow celtic parts from the beggining to bursting hammond prog with intresting guitar paterns of the highest calibre, remind me of Iona in arrangements.Never The Rainbow is another highlight besides those two mentioned before. Definetly a solid album for me, maybe for many listners is to light or mellow, but this is their sound and how they developed across the years. 4 solid stars, I really like it, warm and beautiful music.

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