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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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  • Mostly Autumn at Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester on 24 Jul 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at The Wharf - Tavistock, Tavistock on 31 Jul 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at Academy 3, Manchester on 12 Sep 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at The Stables, Milton Keynes on 2 Oct 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at The Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens on 9 Oct 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at Grand Opera House, York on 13 Nov 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at Spirit of 66, Verviers on 20 Nov 2015
  • Mostly Autumn at The Assembly, Leamington Spa on 13 Dec 2015

MOSTLY AUTUMN discography


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

3.53 | 101 ratings
For All We Shared
1999
3.81 | 119 ratings
The Spirit Of Autumn Past
1999
4.00 | 183 ratings
The Last Bright Light
2001
3.07 | 69 ratings
Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings
2001
3.68 | 117 ratings
Passengers
2003
3.51 | 104 ratings
Storms Over Still Water
2005
3.44 | 84 ratings
Heart Full of Sky
2006
3.37 | 91 ratings
Glass Shadows
2008
3.47 | 90 ratings
Go Well Diamond Heart
2010
3.78 | 81 ratings
The Ghost Moon Orchestra
2012
3.93 | 135 ratings
Dressed in Voices
2014

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

4.06 | 23 ratings
The Story So Far
2001
2.65 | 11 ratings
Fiddler's Shindig (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
3.91 | 14 ratings
Live in the USA (Live Serie's So Far)
2003
3.28 | 10 ratings
Live At The Canterbury Fayre
2003
2.78 | 31 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2004
4.25 | 12 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2004
3.71 | 7 ratings
The V Shows
2005
3.25 | 13 ratings
Storms Over London Town
2006
3.38 | 10 ratings
Live 2009 - Part I
2009
4.13 | 11 ratings
Live 2009 - Part II
2009
4.10 | 23 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2011
3.96 | 7 ratings
Still Beautiful - Live 2011
2011
3.04 | 8 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2011
2011
4.00 | 10 ratings
Live at the Boerderij
2013

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

3.76 | 16 ratings
The Story So Far...
2001
2.60 | 5 ratings
The Next Chapter
2003
4.23 | 15 ratings
Live at the Grand Opera House
2003
3.64 | 19 ratings
The 'V' Shows
2004
2.73 | 16 ratings
Pink Floyd Revisited
2005
3.50 | 6 ratings
The Fiddler's Shindig
2005
3.95 | 12 ratings
That Night In Leamington
2010
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live At the Boerderij
2013

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

3.97 | 9 ratings
Heroes Never Die -The Anthology
2002
4.42 | 28 ratings
Catch The Spirit - The Complete Anthology
2002
4.70 | 25 ratings
Pass The Clock
2009

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

3.09 | 4 ratings
Prints In The Stone
2001
1.89 | 7 ratings
Spirits Of Christmas Past
2005

MOSTLY AUTUMN Reviews


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 Glass Shadows by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.37 | 91 ratings

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Glass Shadows
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars There really isn't much to say about this album other than it contains virtually no prog. It is a collection of pleasant songs sung by male and female vocalists and there is some Celtic influence. The guitar work is quite good in some passages and, as with most of the Mostly Autumn albums, is very much influenced by David Gilmour's guitar work in Pink Floyd, minus the progressive elements. The music is good enough, but it offers no challenge or nothing out of the ordinary. From what I have heard from this band, the first album was the best, but there never was any progression beyond that sound. Yes, it's very nice music, but again, nothing really stands out much. The highlight is the 11+ minute title track, but honestly, it is very reminiscent of the excellent song "Heroes Never Die" from their first album and doesn't really offer anything new. Again, other than that, there really isn't much to elaborate on here. Good, but non-essential.

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 Dressed in Voices by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.93 | 135 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by MELNIBONÉ

4 stars Since "The Last Bright Light" (2001), Mostly Autumn had not released a studio album worthy of their talent and know-how. Even though each of the 20 studio and live albums released since the turn of the new century has a few gems, most of their content doesn't deliver much more than beating around the bush or go much further than well beaten tracks. That said, it must be pointed out that many of their live albums fared better than those from the studio, despite some occasional faltering in sound engineering in some of those live recordings.

This time, Josh and his band have decided, at long last, to venture away from too familiar grounds. Not a 180° course change, but a definite reassessment of the band's musical raison d'ętre. The love story between Olivia Sparnenn and Bryan Josh (they were married last summer) cannot be mere trivia in regards to Mostly Autumn's new opus. Not only does Sparnenn literally sings her heart out on the album, but she has contributed (lyrics and/or music) four songs that express the very soul of Mostly Autumn's musical identity : "Running" (4:33),"Skin On Skin" (5:54), "The House On The Hill" (4:24) and "Box Of Tears" (3:52). Granted, she's not knew to this, since she started writing for the band on "Go Well Diamond Heart" (2010) after she took over from Heather Findlay? although this time, on "Dressed In Voices", she seems much more at ease, confident not only when delivering the songs, but imbuing their themes (whether in the lyrics or the music) with soul, passion or delicate grace that are not present with such power and truth in her former contributions. As regards to the other half of the loving couple, Josh's lyrical and musical motifs are definitely more inspired, muscled and diverse than they've been for more than a decade. Also, his voice has shed the hoarse tone it had developped over the years. His guitar playing is richer than ever : without getting rid of what he proudly owes to Gilmour and Latimer, he now reaches farther or, rather, in a more eclectic fashion, which all for the best because it enhances the end result.

According to the liner notes written by Josh , the album revolves around this : " If you take somebody's life, I believe you must be forced to feel the full weight of what you are taking away : their past, present, what could have been, and the effect it would have on family, friends, loved ones. In this story the killer is forced to witness all that, as time briefly comes to a standstill." Thus, it makes for a dramatic theme. The opening song, "Saturday Night" (5:10), sets the stage without fretting too much : up-beat, sudden shifts, sound snippets, verses almost narrated more than sung, until Sparnenn's voice soars, reaching for the heavens. "Not Yours To Take" (5:01) is even more dynamic, Iain Jennings arrangements on keys providing perfect support for Josh's vocals. Typical Prog Folk ballad with Celtic overtones, "Running" (4:33) is a brilliant showpiece of balance between soft, delicate moments and vocal crescendos illuminated by Josh's guitar playing. "Home" (4:39) is built upon high contrasts : thick and unrelenting rythm vs waves and swirls of keys, and Sparnenn's voice vs Josh's guitar solo. "First Day At School" (7:28) starts in duet almost like a tender lulaby, opening further on on some breathtaking horizon, vibrant, brimming with emotions, and eventful. Rockiest and heaviest song on the album, "Down By The River" (4:42) is a confrontation of sort, where Sparnenn's voice spars (no pun intended) with the rest of the band going full drive. "Skin On Skin" (5 :54) is most probably the most surprising song of the lot : it matches up a Celtic ballad? with rockabilly ŕ la Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" !... And it works. Not only is it fun to listen to (Sparnenn's vocals are irresistible), but it's to Mostly Autumn's credit to have made it possible and great. "The House On The Hill" (4:24) pushes farther down the country sound (or road) with pedal steel guitar twanging delightfully along. "The Last Day" (6:28) starts slowly, and then builds up at mid-point with Sparnenn taking off ; I couldn't help but be reminded of Annie Haslam and Renaissance, but here the whole venture is much heavier, and holds a more menacing tone. Shifting between anthem and ballad, the beauty within the title-song (5:49) rests entirely on Sparnenn, not only because of the range of her voice, mais also the power of its delivery that fuses with Josh's fiery guitar solo. "The Library" (4:30) is a magnificent blues (Clapton- and Gilmour-inspired in equal parts) that Sparnenn and Josh sing together? with an ending that is remiscent of Knopfler's picking style !... In "Box Of Tears" (3:52), the vocals gather momentum gradually, but they're subdued to a certain degree under piano parts wrapped with delicate flute. All in all, there are no "epics" on Mostly Autumn's album? simple because, due to its thight thematic unity (lyrics and music), "Dressed In Voices" is an epic album of 63:17 !

4 aural robes? because the past has been cleared, the present is brilliant? but it remains to be seen if the future will hold the promises contained within "Dressed In Voices".

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 For All We Shared by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.53 | 101 ratings

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For All We Shared
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by TCat
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4 stars Singer and guitarist Bryan Josh and others from Mostly Autumn came from a band that covered Pink Floyd songs called "One Stoned Snowman", so it's not much of a surprise that his vocals and guitar style reflects those of David Gilmore. The sound is very close. The band itself is a British band that utilizes a lot of celtic-rock influence in several of their songs. There is some use of traditional instruments and modern rock instruments, so you get a nice combination of the folk/rock fusion which is very evident in some of their songs.

Their debut album starts out with some decent songs, but they are somewhat straightforward and help to establish a sound. The celtic influence is not very obvious in these two tracks, but you can hear both lead vocalists (male and female) singing with Bryan being the most obvious and with Heather Findley mostly serving as support. You also notice the use of the violin which is a great addition to the sound, and there are several excellent violin solos throughout the album along with great guitar solos, but the guitar solos are somewhat minimal in these first two tracks. Tracks 3 and 4, "The Last Climb" and "Heroes Never Die" are longer tracks in which you can really hear the PF influence strongly. Both tracks are highlights of the album, are mid tempo (like the previous two) and are absolutely stunning. Vocals are somewhat vulnerable sounding, but in my opinion add to the beauty and impact of both tracks. These are both masterpieces, but are similar in sound. While they are playing, you don't notice this much because the songs are so great, but when "Folklore" starts, the fact that it is a traditional Irish song almost gets missed because the album begins to sound to much the same. The listener begins to wish for a change of sound.

"Folklore" starts out with a traditional sound with one instrument playing the melody and the background provides a drone based on chords. Suddenly, the music takes a sharp turn and becomes a straight out jig, and after the constant mid-tempo of the album to this point, this becomes a welcome and exciting change. The last quarter of the song gets more intense as the entire band joins in turning this into a Jethro Tull sounding rock/folk fusion and remains an instrumental throughout. This change of pace is prevalent in the next track "Boundless Ocean" which also has a nice Celtic flavor. This one features vocals again and also an excellent violin solo. After that, the Celtic inspired music continues with another traditional instrumental, this time being very upbeat throughout the song. Now the listener is starting to tire of the Celtic sound by the end of this track and that sound is wearing out. Part of the "wearing out" factor is that the passages in some of the songs carries on a little too long for similar tracks to be arranged together like they are.

The next track is "Steal Away" and is pretty much a typical medium rock song with Heather on vocals alone for the first time on the album. That part is a nice change, but the song itself is pretty mediocre. The next track segues from this and is called "Out of the Inn". It starts with a spoken word style rendering based upon The Lord of the Rings, and again it carries on a little too long. Then the traditional Celtic sounds return, and this pattern is beginning to get old. But this time, the rock instruments join in earlier and you get that JT feeling again. The last track is another epic in the PF tradition with the usual excellent guitar solo, but since it follows the same pattern as tracks 3 and 4, it is nothing surprising. It tends to get lost among the songs, even though it is still a nice song.

All in all, the album is impressive for a debut album under the Mostly Autumn name. The passages are sometimes too long for the type of album it is though. The repeated use of mid-tempo PF inspired rock combined with Celtic inspired folk rock tends to get old because of the long passages in the songs. I usually don't condone trimming songs because of the artistry, but in this case, a little editing in the right places would have been helpful.

Really, the best reason to locate this album is for tracks 3 and 4 more than anything. These are masterpieces even if they are based heavily on David Gilmour's sound. The sound is well done and these tracks are masterpieces. However, the pattern of the album gets old because of extensive passages and tends to lose the impact of the originality that is present. Still, it is an excellent album, especially for a debut, and things would get better with time and several line-up changes through the years. 3.5 stars that I can easily round up to 4 because of the essential tracks that are contained on the album

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 Dressed in Voices by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.93 | 135 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by tszirmay
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5 stars Finally! I said, 'Finally!'

I began my love affair with Mostly Autumn when they released their magical first album, 1999's "For All We Shared", a highly intoxicating mix of Pink Floyd mannerisms including that whopping guitar sound , celestial female vocals courtesy of Heather Findlay, sprinkled with Celtic ornamentation by using fiddle, Uillean pipes, Tin whistles etc...This exciting formula kept on giving amazing albums, "The Spirit of Autumn Past" and "The Last Bright Light" and I became a devout fan. Then with "Passengers", it really felt like a chapter was being closed, and I started instead gravitating towards the Breathing Space project, a parallel group led by keysman Ian Jennings and featuring Olivia Spannern, who at that juncture was supplying backing voices for Findlay. From 2005 's "Storms Over Still Water" up to 2012's "Ghost Moon Orchestra", a span of five lukewarm albums tempered my enthusiasm for this once glorious band and many commentators noted this dip in stylistics (calling it a poppier diversion). In the interim, Heather left for a still to date invisible solo career, now replaced by the masterful Olivia, who remains a phenomenal voice. This flux period seemed to indicate a certain 'lost in the desert' attitude, Josh somehow losing focus of what made the original concept so attractive. His voice got growly, his guitar playing becoming less attractive and the songs suffered from a lack of emotion, as if formulaic methodology was the best method for success. Many a prog fan despaired but three important elements came to the rescue. Firstly, master keyboardist Iain Jennings ended Breathing Space a few years ago and began improving the raw misdirection by adorning new found melodies with dense keyboard artistry. Secondly, Olivia who literally shone with BS, was finally thrust into the forefront, so much so that the seemingly depressed Bryan Josh saw a relighting of his muse when realizing that the two had fallen in love. I will state this again for the record, nothing is more inspiring than love or , its contrary, separation /divorce to ignite the hidden inner light, the source of so much emotional creativity. Finally, in terms of attitude, I truly suspect that Bryan Josh is ultimately the big difference, his fiery passion and shy sensitivity literally overflowed on the first 3 MA albums, as he was dealing with the passing of his father (a deep pain I also have had to endure), then he got caught up in the business world, should have known it would make him frustrated as well as miserable and then, along came Olivia and boom! The passion is back and it's called love. The single most powerful emotion ever. Josh now deliberately infuses more diversity in his guitar playing, no more an overt Gilmour fan boy. His fret board playing is still inspired by the Gilmour/Latimer camp but there are also slick references to Hendrix, Clapton and even some 'country style' picking a la Knopfler. His tones are way more varied and his soloing is truly earth shaking (as on the dizzying title track), all due to his rekindled inspiration, his beating heart leading the way, writing hugely romantic melodies that are both grandiose and timeless.

As expressed recently by Lazland so eloquently, we fans have been waiting for that return to form that made Mostly Autumn so impressive. I believe that the band members have delivered on all fronts, as this release oozes desire, lust, sweet loving, profound exaltation, giddiness , all side effects from being happily married and still basking in all the euphoria, as well as Mr. Jennings coming through with some inspired melodies and orchestrations.

Each song is an outright jewel, the soft sensual songs are loaded with feeling and delivered with impeccable grace, even Josh has softened his voice to how it once was. Olivia proves once again that she is the current prog female singer queen (Annie Haslam was great but now she is history) and she definitely reigns supreme, as her voice as well as her presence are simply awe-inspiring. While Gavin Griffiths is a phenomenal drummer, Alex Cromarty has a thumping pulse that caught my ear many times in listening to this monster album. Needless to repeat again, Jennings supplies gorgeous and copious piano, subtle organ and sublime synthesizer throughout, providing incredible depth and drama to the arrangements. There are way more "Evergreen"-like moments, soft and elaborate ballads that are overflowing with goose bumping feeling, such as the swooning and stunning "Running", the woozy delight of "House on the Hill" and the intense euphoria of " The Last Day". The rockier songs are razor sharp as witnessed on "Down by the River" and the bombastic disposition of the highly symphonic opener "Saturday Night". Sophistication shows up on the more elaborate prog symphonicity of "First Day of School", a style that has been reported missing since the 'Passengers' album! There are also a fair amount of duets (Bryan and Olivia wrapped around the mike stand) and the results are scintillating! On "Not Yours to Take", the interaction is a pure delight, a sensual fountain of eternal love and unbridled passion.

Not only have Mostly Autumn found their groove but this album just may become the best they have ever done. Love conquers all, the artwork beyond amazing, a true return to form. Stay deeply in love and the music will flow eternally, I am impressed beyond all expectations. Sadly, many prog fans will miss this one and lose out on a sheer masterpiece, easily among 2014's top 5 albums.

Bravo! I wish I was in such delirious love! BTW, this highly romantic review is dedicated to that scintillating artist, our very own Kati.

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 Dressed in Voices by MOSTLY AUTUMN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.93 | 135 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by lazland
Prog Reviewer

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
3.93 | 135 ratings

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Dressed in Voices
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Prog Reviewer

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
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Prints In The Stone
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

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 | 119 ratings

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The Spirit Of Autumn Past
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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
4.23 | 15 ratings

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Live at the Grand Opera House
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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
3.68 | 117 ratings

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Passengers
Mostly Autumn Prog Folk

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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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