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4 stars Review #80!

The first Comus album. Dark and folky. In terms of the music, this album is already amazing, but it is really the vocals that throw me off. The duets can sound whiny at times. That's not even the bad part. The lyrics are so hard to make out, I had to look them all up. But it was worth it. These lyrics found on 'Diana' are honestly beautiful. They fit well with the vocals to create a sense of fear and anxiety. 'The Herald', the longest song on the album, has some deep and depressing lyrics, and the guitar found about one third through the song reminds me a lot of Fleetwood Mac. Exactly eight minutes is a tribal-sounding interlude with a violin and a recorder (I think), which leads back into the main melody to complete the song with a heart-wrenching set of la-la-las. Then there is 'Drip Drip' which has unusually sensual lyrics. For some reason I cannot explain, the first seconds of this song sound like Radiohead's 'Spectre'. A hoedown-y interlude is found about halfway through. This track has a very fun chorus. Makes you want to get up and shout out 'DRIP DRIP DRIP'. 'Song to Comus' is a song about rape. It has some of the dumbest echoing ever. No tape looping or anything like that. The two vocalists just repeating with lowering voices. It's still not a bad song, though. Some fun Ian Anderson-esque flute is found in this track. 'The Bite' seems to be about suicide. Another morbid track on a morbid album. 'Bitten' is the most unsettling song on this album. Short and instrumental, it doesn't last long, but it manages to capture a lot of fear in two minutes. 'The Prisoner' is a song about the mentally ill. A nice, grim closing to Comus's first album.

Boi_da_boi_124 | 4/5 |


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