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Mostly Autumn - Go Well, Diamond

Shostakovich   (109 reviews)

Posted: 05/01/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

The call of "British prog rock" as the description was too much too ignore. The claim of "prog rock" can go in a multitude of directions, not all of them entirely good. Unfortunately, this falls into a territory I cannot get into in the least.

From the first track, aside from a lengthy keyboard introduction and Renaissance Fest-ish invocations, I wouldn't even come close to calling this "prog". Maybe very very folky goth music. To be fair, I do not think "goth" is in the view of this band, but I can see a lot of the Switchblade Symphony/Loreena McKennitt fan types I knew in high school being very into this.

Each track unfolds into light acoustic instrumentation, some strings, clear male and female vocals, and lengthy melodic passages, few of which on the entire disc inspired or challenged me in any way. Towards the middle when the male and female vocalists begin to mix, and the distortion on the guitars is unleashed a little, some 90's-ish alt sounds come through, but don't save the record that much overall.

Out of the whole ordeal, "Back To Life" shines the brightest. It's a little better constructed than the rest, kind of has a light, almost country feel to it, but does not offend my "I despise all country past 1970" sensibilities.

Perhaps the promise of "prog" soured me a little to this band. There is almost nothing that isn't in 4/4 or 3/4 time, a lot of filler, and few unorthodox approaches to any part of the music. It's pretty good I suppose if you're into the bands that I use below as comparison, but not exactly a jaw dropping masterpiece in the slightest.

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