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THE SPIRIT OF AUTUMN PAST

Mostly Autumn

 

Prog Folk

3.78 | 150 ratings

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The Crow
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2 stars Second full length from the British prog-folk act Mostly Autumn!

This album is another good mixture between melancholic English prog rock, in the vein of Big Big Train and similar bands, with tons of Irish folk elements which reminds me to the first years of Mike Oldfield.

The music is overall good and the songwriting is competent despite some boring and repetitive moments. What's my problem with this album, then? I find Josh's singing just bad. Heather Findlay makes a good work in the album, but when he sings (and he sings a lot) the quality drops dramatically, making songs which could have been great just average, like in Through the Windows and The Spirit of Autumn Past.

And that's a pity, because this inability from Josh to sing his own songs spoils what could have been an otherwise good album.

Best Tracks: Winter Mountain (powerful and funny opener), Evergreen (the best instrumental work of the album) and The Gap is Too Wide (I especially like the folk elements in this one)

Conclusion: The Spirit of Autumn Past is not a bad album, but it contains too much minutes of plain bad singing from Bryan Josh, making enjoying this album very difficult to me. I just don't want to push play anymore with this one. Sorry guys!

Nevertheless, if you liked the band's debut, this album is in my opinion a bit superior in quality and maybe you should check it out. If you can bear the vocals!

My rating: **

The Crow | 2/5 |

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