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White Willow


Symphonic Prog

3.89 | 274 ratings

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4 stars It's the first week of autumn here in Canada as I write this review. A week prior to, I received this album in the mail to feature on my radio programme. Admittedly, I hadn't heard anything by White Willow since "Ignus Fatuus" so I can't gauge how this holds up to its predecessors. What I can say is that it's a great companion piece to "Ignus Fatuus" with slightly better production and more polished. This is prime symphonic progressive rock. Although, "Ignus Fattus" had a tendency to meander (that was actually one of its strengths if you're into that sort of atmospheric thing), this one is is very structured. Lots of dynamics and a limited use of mellotron throughout in all the right places. Track #3 was a surprise sounding like something off of a Talk Talk or Bark Psychosis album with Tim Bowness on guest vocals (of No-Man/Henry Fool) and back-up female vocals. Track #4 "Red Leaves" is possibly THE best symphonic prog.rock track I've heard in 2011. There also seems to be an Anglagard influence here, along with Steve Hackett (the classic mid to late '70s period). "Floor 67" is a dark symphonic prog. masterpiece. A one/two punch as it follows "Red Leaves". Recommended highly with 4.5 stars and a classic for the season of autumn.
Gooner | 4/5 |


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