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THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND were a prolific early progressive folk band whose various members mostly went on to successful music careers after the band's demise, but who remain a continuing influence on progressive music artists even today.

The roots of the band are found in acoustic folk/bluegrass duo Robin Williamson (guitar, vocals) and Clive Palmer (banjo) who began performing together in the Edinburgh, Scotland area in 1963. The duo added multi-instrumental folk musician Mike Heron and took the name INCREDIBLE STRING BAND after being discovered by legendary producer Joe Boyd in 1965. The resulting group was signed by Boyd to Elektra Records in 1966 and released a critically acclaimed studio debut. But when Palmer left the band for an extended journey to Afghanistan and later India, the two remaining members disbanded. They would reform a year later as a duo with Williamson adding several exotic new sounds such as oud, gimbri and tamboura as a result of his own eastern travels (in Morocco). This became the core of a group that, along with Williamson's girlfriend Licorice McKechnie, guest artists and the occasional short-term member would prove quite prolific and successful. The band released a dozen albums beginning on 1967 and toured extensively to increasingly large crowds. The band's reputation was enhanced during these years thanks to strong endorsements by musical icons such as BOB DYLAN, PAUL MCCARTNEY and ROBERT PLANT (who once claimed LED ZEPPELIN learnt their craft from listening to an ISB album), as well as by covers of their music by JUDY COLLINS and MANFRED MANN among others.

In the end the changing times as well as the band members' varied spiritual forays led to their demise following a concert tribute to the late Scientology guru L. Ron Hubbard in 1974. Williamson and Heron would get together again for a show in 1997, which led to a brief reunion of the original band (including original founder Palmer) and joined by some family and friends. This lineup produced several years of small-venue touring as well as a studio and live release, but the reformation would fade away shortly after Williamson left for good in 2004.

Both Williamson and Heron have had lengthy post-ISB careers, particularly Williamson who would go on to release dozens of folk and spoken-word records as well as find some success as a writer after a short stint leading THE MERRY BAND. Heron has worked as a studio artist, fronted a couple of h...
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3.04 | 15 ratings
The Incredible String Band
1966
3.77 | 29 ratings
The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
1967
2.95 | 40 ratings
The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
1968
3.12 | 14 ratings
Wee Tam
1968
3.62 | 12 ratings
The Big Huge
1968
2.76 | 10 ratings
Changing Horses
1969
3.04 | 6 ratings
I Looked Up
1970
3.65 | 13 ratings
U
1970
1.51 | 3 ratings
Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending
1970
3.05 | 9 ratings
Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air
1971
2.59 | 8 ratings
Earthspan
1972
2.00 | 3 ratings
No Ruinous Feud
1973
2.16 | 6 ratings
Hard Rope and Silken Twine
1974

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Across The Airwaves
2007

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Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending
2002

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 U by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.65 | 13 ratings

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The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by waluigithewalrus

3 stars This is a decent effort from The Incredible String Band, but not something that is necessary for a collection. The album certainly has it's moments; for instance, the opening instrumental track 'El Wood Suite', though repetitive, features a fantastic combo of sitar and flute, with each getting their own melody before coming together in the last section. The 'Partial Belated Overture' is also quite a fun song, featuring two electric guitars going simultaneously in the first part, before switching over to a more upbeat second part featuring the violin prominently. Also among the bright points is 'Invocation', a song that deeply displays the band's Celtic influence with a song that is pretty much an Invocation to the Pagan Gods.

Despite this, there is still something wanting with this album. Many songs are unexciting and far from progressive. 'Bad Sadie Lee' is basically a sing-a-long song about a sort of female version of Billy the Kid. The 10 minute 'Light In Time Of Darkness/Glad To See You' is almost entirely a vocals and piano piece that plods along with no dynamic, tempo, or meter change until it reaches the 'Glad To See You' part of the song, which only last for about two minutes. The track immediately following it 'Walking Along With You' seems to take forever, as there seems to be little emotion in the piece. Perhaps strangest of all is 'Robot Blues' which is exactly what it sounds like; a piano blues piece written about whatever robots get sad about.

Overall, the album has a few worthwhile elements, but is not something that's worth listening to all that often due to only having some progressive elements to it.

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 The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.77 | 29 ratings

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The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by ibnacio

5 stars In fact, this album should deserve five stars and it would have them had we been in folkarchives.com or acidfolk.com. Actually, this is a seminal album. Its originality, novelty and absolute freshness would infect a host of folk musicians and bands. This album and the rebirth of The Incredible String Band after the leaving of Clive Palmer would set the rules and canon to a new genre, the Acid Folk.

Some may say there was also the contemporary The Pentangle, but they were more jazz/ blues based and asumed a different direction.

The Incredible String Band brought a new way of doing things to the average folk musician, both to writers or performers. The main influence was East and modal music, with its melismatic chant and a tight connection between text and music. But the Middle Ages were at hand, too. The sixties were the time when Ancient Music came up to find its place in the world of music and has never quitted since. Folk and Rock were not insensitive to that. Great musicians and investigators searched the old churches and colleges archives to find out what and how the music in the Middle Ages was. Names such as David Munrow, René Clemencic or Gregorio Paniagua are among the most important restorers of a genre whose patrimony has not ceased to grow since.

It is not strange that in this ambient people like Williamson & Heron, John Renbourn, Alan Stivell, The Chieftains brought a Renaissance of traditional music.

But what TISB made was setting it into the very core of the pop-rock music of the moment and that was: psychedelia. This, added to an open structure in the compositions; to a melodic line which fluctuates together with the emotions provided by the lyrics; to an oriental-oriented way of playing the string instruments, including the very oriental ones, mainly the sitar with its caracteristic sound; to an impressionist writing and arranging... makes of the TISB's music one of the most original artistic works

It is also true that, in spite of a long career, the quality of their production is not always at the same level but, because of their novelty and creativity, they deserve your listening, at least, to this 5000 spirits that lay in the layers of a both sweet and acid onion.

Four and a half stars or 9 out of 10.

Updated to the fifth star (17/07/2014)

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 The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
2.95 | 40 ratings

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The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

2 stars This is an album I haven't heard for at least 20 years until yesterday, but due to a post in which THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND was described as great, went to the "Arc of the lost records" (a box where I keep the albums I never listen), found the LP and placed if on the old turntable....Immediately remembered why it was in the forgotten disks box, because in my opinion is boring, unimaginative and full of depressive flat vocals.

Even when the Medieval and Celtic influence (and some music that reminds me of the soundtrack from the "George Clooney" movie "O Brother Where Art Thou?"), place this band in the Folk realm, that's all I can say. because I sincerely don't know if it's a Prog Folk album.

Of course it has a lot of late 60's elements (which band didn't in 1968?), but I believe it's a failed attempt to fusion Folk and Psychedelia, because they are never really experimental. A few weird noises and percussion plus some sitar ands a Beatlesque touch is not enough to make an album Psychedelic....Much less a Prog one.

I won't even attempt to review every song, because all the albums sounds as an endless 50 minutes repetitive and boring track.

Except for a few good soft piano passages in "The Minotaur's Song" and the beautiful "Witches Hat" with some nice melancholic organ passages, the album is tedious, boring, dissonant (not in a good sense) and absolutely predictable, I honestly don't know if this guys are really good musicians, because the instruments are left as background for the vocals, which by the way are terrible (Who told this guys they had to sing?....Seems they were not able to keep a tune even if their life was in risk).

I ignore how legendary or popular THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND was when this album was released (I was four years old), all I know is that when I heard it in the early 80's was already dated but today can only be described as absolutely anachronic.

So will give the band the benefit of the doubt and rate "The Hangman's Daughter" with two stars instead of the 1 lonely star I was tempted, at least until I find and listen The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion that must be gathering moth somewhere in the closet, and discover what they pretended.

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 No Ruinous Feud by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.00 | 3 ratings

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The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

2 stars The end was very near for the Incredible String Band by this point, as evidenced by the sad, uninspired and weak 'Earthspan' released a year prior. They would crank out one more ('Hard Rope and Silken Twine') a year later, but honestly the demise was all but acknowledged for ISB by 1971, and possibly even before that.

This album is bookended by 'Earthspan' and 'Hard Rope' and while both of those retain some of the band's trademark sound (albeit delivered in a tired-sounding way), this one appears to have been a modest attempt at shifting their focus to something a little more commercially palatable, no doubt thanks to pressure from their label and also no doubt driven to execution by Mike Heron whose brand can be felt all over the record.

There are some curios here, such as the Dolly Parton cover "My Blue Tears" from her 1971 album 'Coat of Many Colors' which to my knowledge was never even released in Great Britain at the time. There was something of a brief interest in American country music by many rock bands in the late sixties and early seventies, most notably the Byrds' 1968 release 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo' and the Rolling Stones 'Exile on Main St.', so its not inconceivable that a British acid folk band might decide to take on a country song. Still, the choice is odd and the timing very strange given that the label of country-rock had already been claimed by the likes of the Eagles and Poco at this point, and frankly the folk/country connection was in steep decline by 1973. "Turquoise Blue" is also credited to Parton but I don't personally know anything about that song so I can't comment other than to say it sounds more jazzy than country.

Elsewhere the band has shifted to a decidedly more commercial rock sound, although Williamson was incapable of changing much so his flute and off-kilter vocals continued to permeate the band's music. The opening "Explorer" sets the tone with a rolling drum roll and conventional rhythm arranged by Heron, while Williamson does his best to work within what he must have seen as unpleasant constraints. The song reminds me of a lot of aging prog rockers later in the decade as they tried similar tactics to meld their trademark sounds with contemporary rock and pop while the music industry passed them by (see the studio releases of the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Genesis, King Crimson and ELP circa 1979-1984 for several examples). "Old Buccaneer", "At the Lighthouse Dance" and to a certain extent "Second Fiddle" all fall into this category, the latter being particularly weird thanks to a calypso theme that drives the instrumental piece.

Things do get better with "Down Before Cathay" and "Saturday Maybe", both much more in the ISB vein but still not nearly as eccentric as anything they released prior to Woodstock. At least the overall mood is slightly more upbeat than what 'Hard Rope and Silken Twine' would come across as a year later.

The closest thing to a traditional ISB song comes with the Williamson-penned "Circus Girl" thanks to almost nonsensical lyrics, a jaunty and unconventional tempo and a cameo disjointed arrangement; but by this time the magic of the band was long gone and the effort seems more like nostalgia than a creative effort.

This is a rather lackluster album, not in the way 'Earthspan' was with its depressing mood but more in that the band seemed to be struggling to recapture a sense of relevance and not succeeding very well. Perhaps my opinion is tainted by the fact I discovered this record years after its release rather than as a natural progression of evolving with the band back in their heyday. Still, today is where we are and this album didn't age well, assuming it was ever all that good to begin with. I doubt many modern prog folk fans will find much that's appealing here, and so I'm left to dub it a two (out of five) star effort and to move on to something else. Recommended only to hardcore older fans (sorry).

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 The Incredible String Band by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.04 | 15 ratings

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The Incredible String Band
The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by UMUR
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3 stars The Incredible String Band is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by UK folk rock act The Incredible String Band. The album saw a 1966 release through the Elektra label in both the UK and the US. The band recorded this album as a trio consisting of Mike Heron on vocals and guitar, Clive Palmer on banjo, guitar, vocals and kazoo and Robin Williamson on violin, vocals, whistle, guitar and mandolin. This would be the only The Incredible String Band album to feature Clive Palmer as he would leave the band shortly after the release of the album.

The music on the album is warm and well played folk rock with some really great humourous and at times psychadelic lyrics. Just take a look at the lyrics for a song like Smoke Shoveling Song and you´ll know what I mean. While the music isn´t quite as adventurous as it would become on subsequent albums, this is still a very interesting fully acoustic folk rock album. The vocals are full of warmth and emotion and are the central part of the band´s sound. But especially the acoustic guitar playing is also very noteworthy.

The production is warm and suits the music very well.

The Incredible String Band is a very solid and at times great debut album by The Incredible String Band and while later albums might better represent the adventurous nature of the band, I still find this debut album recommendable. a 3.5 star rating is well deserved.

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 The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
2.95 | 40 ratings

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars These guys where part of a list that my dad gave me, because of their eccentries.

I was recomended them because I was slowly getting into Zappa and more experimental prog, so when I found this album, I immediately bought it.

I was a bit confused when I first listened to it, because it is very acoustic and psychadellic and maybe a bit too folky, but after a 2nd listen, you really understand it.

Usually this kind of folk, especially Dylan esque folk (that bores me to death, Dylan was an average songwriter), usually annoys me, but I really understood the genius behind this.

The melodies in the song are very beautiful, and their flirtation with other cultures is amazing and spot on.

I'm not too big a fan of the vocalists, but you get used to their voices after a while.

This album is 50 minutes long, which was quite lengthy for an album in the late 60's.

1. Koeeoaddi There - The cadences in the chorus is very beautiful and the Indian influences can be claerly heard. Very ecclectic but nice at the same time. 10/10

2. Minotaur's Song - One of my favourites. The vocals at times are very funny, but the arrangment is amazing. Love the lyrics, and when everyone says moo. 10/10

3. Witches Hat - Very folky and plain. Simple, but effective. 8/10

4. A Very Cellular Song - This is a very cellular song. It being near 13 minutes, and split into about 5 parts, it really shows amazing compositional skills. 10/10

5. Mercy I Cry City - Love the melodies in the chorus. Some amazing instrumental work. 10/10

6. Waltz Of The New Moon - I love how well this song flows, from one melody to the other. Pure genius behind the arrangement. 10/10

7. The Water Song - Love the sound effects. Again very lo fi and simple. 8/10

8. 3 Is A Green Crown - The sitar work is pretty amazing, but at times can overshadow the vocals. 8/10

9. Swift As The Wind - The vocal riffing at times is quite funny, but it does show alot of emotion and is quite beautfiull. 9/10

10. Nightfall - Nice dreamy end to the abum. 9/10

CONCLUSION: Their is a bit of filler I imagine, but the rest really is landmark stuff. This album has made me persuae finding their ther albums.

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 The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1968
2.95 | 40 ratings

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by UMUR
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4 stars The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is the 3rd full-length studio album by UK folk rock act The Incredible String Band. The album was released by Elektra in 1968.

The music on the album is psychadelic folk rock with progressive elements. The 13:09 minute long A Very Cellular Song is the best example of the progressive side of the band´s sound. The band play fully acoustic music ( Ok there´s a hammond organ somewhere, and that doesn´t really qualify as acoustic, but still) and in addition to acoustic guitars there are a lot of exotic acoustic instruments on the album. I´ll not name them all but flute, harp, Jew's harp, harpsichord and gimbri are just some of them. The many different instruments create a varied and warm soundscape and some of the most exotic ones also create an eastern tinged sound. The vocals by Robin Williamson and Mike Heron are pleasant, warm and at times quirky and humourous. The atmosphere on the album varies between jolly and dark which is a thing I think the band masters really well. All songs on the album are well written and cleverly arranged and the production is of high quality too.

The band´s 2nd full-length studio album The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion (1967) was an excellent release and while The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is certainly excellent too, it´s not fully on par with The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion IMO. I´m not sure what it is but I just like The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion better. Still The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter is worth a 3.5 - 4 star rating and I find that it´s a highly recommendable album if you´re interested in psychadelic folk rock with progressive elements.

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 The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.77 | 29 ratings

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The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by UMUR
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4 stars The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion is the 2nd full-length studio album by UK folk rock act The Incredible String Band. The album was originally released by Elektra Records in 1967.

The music on the album is acoustic psychadelic folk with some progressive elements. The instrumentation is varied throughout the album and in addition to acoustic guitars, which are the dominant instrument on the album, we are treated with mandolin, oud, gimbri, flute, assortive percussion, harmonica, bass and double bass, tamboura, piano, violin and sitar. The two main songwriters, Robin Williamson and Mike Heron, handles most of the vocals on the album. Licorice McKechnie sings some additional female vocals. The vocals are warm and at times quirky and humourous. There are lots of harmony vocals in the songs which adds an extra dimension. The atmosphere in the songs are mostly jolly but there are darker moments too which gives the album good variation. As for progressive elements they are mostly present in the longest song on the album The Mad Hatter´s Song. With its 5:40 minutes long playing time the song is given time and space to develop in unpredictable directions. Other than that most of the tracks are actually pretty straight forward, but minor progressive ideas appear from time to time. The overall quality of the songs on the album is very high. I enjoy each track on the album and haven´t found anything I would call sub par. The lyrics are warm and humourous and songs like The Hedgehog's Song, No Sleep Blues and Little Cloud make me smile and wish I could make something that brilliant.

The production is warm and suits the music perfectly.

The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion is my first encounter with The Incredible String Band, but it won´t be my last. I think it´s an abslutely brilliant acoustic psychadelic folk album and a 4 star rating is fully deserved.

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 Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.05 | 9 ratings

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Liquid Acrobat as Regards the Air
The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars As far as I’m concerned this is the last studio release that qualifies as a true ISB album, and not coincidently the last one that is actually interesting as well. While the captivating Rose Simpson is gone, the rest of the core group remains and vocalist Malcolm Le Maistre (who would remain until the group disbanded) has been added. The upside here is that Le Maistre brought some variety to the group at a time when their collective creativity was starting to wane and his fledgling steps as an instrumental musician can be heard here in addition to his singing. The downside is that the band is left to rely completely on the increasingly odd McKechnie for the female vocal parts, and her often awkward singing doesn’t do much for the album as a whole.

The band seems to have gone electric as well with guitar, organ and even Heron’s piano getting plugged in to augment, and often dominate, the various stringed and woodwind acoustic instruments. This isn’t exactly a watershed though, as the meandering progressive compositions from Williamson and the mildly rocking Heron compositions don’t really emphasize the powered instruments anyway; but it is a noticeable change.

Aside from these differences the album offers mostly more of the same in terms of composition and acid folk lyrics. Heron’s “Words They Rise and Fall” is one of my favorite tracks, although it veers dangerously close to soft rock at times. Williamson is as off-beat as ever with the almost vaudevillian “Evolution Rag” and the meditative “Here Till Here is There” being the most characteristic songs for him. McKechnie earns songwriting credits for the mostly forgettable “Cosmic Boy”, which seems to have been included solely as a vehicle for her singing. And the whole band gets into the act with a wide range of instrumental forays on the expansive closing number “Darling Belle” that, as with so many of the group’s albums, provides not only filler but a lengthy closing to an record consisting otherwise of mostly short tracks.

This was reportedly the band’s most commercially successful album, a tribute more to timing than quality I’m sure. Coming off the stage show-centered ‘U’ and film-inspired ‘This Damn Thing Just Won’t End’ albums, the band was still enough of a draw (and their name in front of the limelight just enough) to garner decent sales despite rapidly changing tastes and an aging hippy fan base. Alas, things were about to change, with McKechnie getting ready to wander off into the California desert and the rest of the band about to begin their slow and tedious descent into oblivion.

For the moment though they could still put together something quite good if not exceptional, and the songs on this album hold up reasonably well after nearly forty years, so some acknowledgement is due them for that. Three stars seems to be what I’ve ended up rating most of their albums, but ‘good’ is a fairly broad range and this one teeters toward the leeward end of that range. Recommended to fans of the genre, but with a caution that any of their 1967-1969 albums would be a better place to start if you aren’t already familiar with their music.

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 Changing Horses by INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, THE album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.76 | 10 ratings

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Changing Horses
The Incredible String Band Prog Folk

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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2 stars This album was not very good in my opinion, though there ís one really good, long song in it. The second song "White Bird" written by Mike Heron runs over fourteen minutes, and it is a long religious epic rolling calmly and harmonious, building from organ, flute, singing, organs and bass, later joined by drums. I liked the focused calmness of the song, there are great elements of beauty in it, and the overall picture is not broken by any distracting elements. Along with Maya, this is one of the best songs of the group, but now accompanied with poorer songs.

Other songs of the album are "Big Ted", American country styled eulogy to a farmer man in joyful humorous style, playful but maybe little too silly "Dust Be Diamonds", "Sleepers, Awake!" which is a Christian hymn / gospel choir song, "Mr. and Mrs." which is a melodically strong, but sounding somehow incoherent, and another long epic "Creation". This long starts quite painfully, having some narration over chanting, an element which dominates the song unbelievably strongly. The other elements used in it didn't feel very pleasant either, so this was actually one of the most irritating songs by this group I have heard yet. Though I adored the song "White Bird", otherwise this record did not feel very interesting to me, and I would not recommend it to others except fans of the group.

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