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Prog Folk

4.16 | 651 ratings

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5 stars When I got this album I just listen small parts of the songs fast rewinding them just trying to see what is this all about. All I heard was some strange sounds crazy rhythms annoying violin and sometimes nice female singing. I realized that this is not normal folk album but some kind psychedelic acid horror which normally I am not big fan of. Then I have read some of the revives and in mine disbelief found out what this album is about.A mentally sick person rapes a girl? What a horror. How can anyone make a music about that I was convict that I would rate this album with just one star.Than I decided to thoroughly listen all song so I can fairly describe the music.

Opening of the first song "Diana" has confirmed mine suspicion. Psychedelic violin and crazy singing. Than suddenly violin produced nice melody and male voice starts to sing. I had to admit voice had certain energy in it. Violin continue and rhythm starts to build-up, like in some kind of shamanic ritual. I did not expect this. its a great song. You cannot resist rhythm and I cannot escape feeling that this song has something demonic in it. Next song "the Herald" is normal folk ballad with atmospheric sounds of guitar and beautiful female voices. Its long over 12 minutes.Next song "Drip Drip" (awkward name for a song) music starts in same awkward fashion, than this gay Roger Wootton start to sing. His voice is perfect for this kind of music. Just a bit ruff on the ages. Listen only sounds that he makes on this song they are on perfect places and they are building the atmosphere following the rhythm. After this first part this crazy song continues in fast psychedelic rhythm. Than comes the scene of rapeing as far I could understand lyrics he is first threatening the girl "shall I cat you down" than he lunaticly repeating 'I'll be gentle, I'll be gentle".And then in the and when he is finish he is saying to her "I love you". So realistic and sick as the real think could be. This guy actual wrote convincingly song about reaping. By this time I realized that this album is special (not because of reaping but because of music). Song to Comus starts with a nice acoustic guitar accompanied wit flute. Than starts the echoing singing and after a wile rhythm builds up and Wootton again start his crazy singing. Rhythm slows down, flute again joins and again energetic singing returns with fast rhythm. Song continues in similar fashion for couple of minutes. This is another great song.

I want say noting more about Comus - First Utterance. I recommend this album to everyone who like great progressive music.Songs ratings:special songs that cannot be rated (out of scale): Diana, drip drip, song to comus, the prisoner. five star: the herald, the bite, bitten. Essential a true masterpiece of acid folk.

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