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MOSTLY AUTUMN DRESSED IN VOICES REVIEW 2014

 

MOSTLY AUTUMN - DRESSED IN VOICES

MOSTLY AUTUMN RECORDS

JUNE 2 2014

 

 

Here’s something a little different from Mostly Autumn: rather than a straight collection of songs we have a concept album based around the impact of a murder as killer and victim meet frozen in time. It’s an interesting and a rather unexpected dark turn by the band known for a lightness of touch and the odd fun cover version. The reality is that it works and it works so well I’d like to see where they can take this.

 

‘Saturday Night’ that opens is understated, delicate and the perfect start sung by Olivia Sparnenn-Josh, that sets up the progressive aside of ‘Not Yours to Take’, a more complex tune by comparison, which along with the opener and ‘Running’ that follows really set up the concept.

 

The next few songs are windows on certain events in the life of the victim and as they unfold the enormity of the concept is revealed in layers, the best of these pieces are the sparse piano and build of ‘First Day at School’; the real life affirming rhythm of ‘Down By the River’ and the acoustic firebrand ‘Skin on Skin’.

 

With ‘The House on the Hill’ the mood is taken down again and the mood gets more wistful and nostalgic, bringing in Celtic country rhythms from Nightwish’s Troy Donockley and a pedal steel atop a wonderful vocal from Olivia.

 

The mood changes again with ‘The Last Day’ which is steeped in emotion and loss before the compelling title track sweeps you up in its gentle wings and beauty. The album closes with the meander of ‘The Library’ and the heartbreak of final track ‘Box of Tears’.

 

I recommend that you listen to this one from start to finish in front of a good set of speakers or with a good set of cans. Mostly Autumn has reinvented themselves to great effect here on an album that takes their progressive inclination and melds it into a powerful narrative that is both dark and light-filled at the same time. It’s something we need to hear more of, and full to bursting of of passion and majesty.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

MOSTLY AUTUMN DRESSED IN VOICES REVIEW 2014