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Boots Met My Face [CD]

Admiral Fallow Audio CD
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Admiral Fallow are, quite probably, a new-to-you band – albeit one landing in your in-tray or inbox today with a debut album already under their collective belt, 2010’s superbly acclaimed Boots Met My Face. As such an achievement should suggest, this Glasgow-based ensemble has paid its dues several times over, sleeping on floors on tour and making the most of meagre resources to ... Read more in Amazon's Admiral Fallow Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lo-Five
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Recorded at Glasgow’s Chem 19 studio by ex-Delgado Paul Savage, Admiral Fallow’s debut album will warm the cockles of those still lamenting the disbanding of the Mercury nominees, whose wonderful third LP, 2000’s The Great Eastern, remains a north-of-the-border classic. This is a set that mixes melancholic folk with soar-away pop melodies, heartbroken lyricism with insistent guitar motifs, elevating strings with sing-along choruses. It’s simultaneously the most devastatingly downtrodden and the most wonderfully uplifting LP to have passed these ears in some time. It leaves an instant impression: the kind that stirs the listener into playing the record again, right away; and then probably once more.

The band is fronted by Louis Abbott, a songwriter who previously acted as lynchpin in the Brother Louis Collective. That outfit reached the end of its natural course in 2007, and since then the musicians in question have pursued their art under the banner of Admiral Fallow. It’s an intriguing name: one that suggests a mindset that’s happy with an underwhelming lot, content to lead the way towards a certain creative stasis. Ironic, too, as clearly there’s inspiration aplenty at play here. From the very first song, Dead Against Smoking, ambition and ability are presented to the fore with such studied focus that to turn away is impossible. It’s a gentle amble compared to some of what will follow, but more than a meander through indie-folk tradition; the souls here are more swelled with pride, and fear of what can be lost, than those heard steering Mumford & Sons to chart success. Admiral Fallow perhaps have more in common with Fence Collective-leader King Creosote, whose own songs possess a similar blackened-and-bruised charm.

That said, these songs are fuller than any solo artist’s typical fare, rich in layers and deep of textures. Flute, piano, upright bass and clarinet sing out; cello, violin and viola courtesy of the Cairn String Quartet lend additional volume to proceedings. The album’s first left turn comes towards the end of Subbuteo, a nostalgic ode to a time fresh in the mind but left behind by aching bones: after a committed vocal from Abbott – "It might sound dull / But dull is sometime’s all we have" – the piece erupts with an almighty crash of drums and brass. It’s like an Adem album has just been gatecrashed by Arcade Fire.

And on it goes, surprising and enthralling, entrancing through simplicity, through finely crafted material played superbly well. It is, probably, the best album of folk-goes-indie-with-a-Scottish-accent since The Great Eastern. The band never over-stretches itself; Abbott never sings as if his life truly depends on it. And he’s right to do so: there are more important things in this world than songs, of course. But there are plenty of songs here that will perfectly complement the significant moments in your own life.

--Mike Diver

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival Strategies 10 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 2010 'Boots Met My Face' flew under
my radar. It's second surfacing in the listening world is
cause for celebration. Admiral Fallow deserve to be heard.

Singer/writer Louis Abbott is the heart and soul of the ensemble
and he has written a collection of eleven largely autobiographical
songs. Gritty, funny, whistful, affecting and inspired.
His deeply personal reflections and imagery tell a story of a life
lived well. Highs and lows; the agony and the ecstasy; up close
and personal; his fine voice brings it all to bristling life with his
melifluous tone and warm Scottish accent. The tunes are good too!

Sometimes things are so stripped-down, as with the bitterly moving
'Delivered', that there is no room to hide from Mr Abbott's gaze.
The intensity and the authenticity of the song leaves scorch-marks
in the soul. A song to treasure and to fear in equal measure.

There is pathos too in 'Subbuteo'. Memories of a rough and ready
childhood woven in and out of a truly stunning instrumental
arrangement. Folksy-chamber-pop of the most refined pedigree.
The coda devivers a marvellous eruption of woodwind, brass and
drums which gives the closet skeletons a damned good rattle!

It is this marriage of vivid story-telling and emotion which
keeps our attention engaged and imagination richly satisfied.

'Old Balloons' is a multi-layered and beautifully sustained idea.
There is both fragility and raw power at work here. One moment
it's a toy musical box, the next it's a great grinding leviathan.

At almost seven minutes long, 'Dead Leg' is Mr Abbott's finest
performance. The hurt is palpable but reaches for the sublime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The List 14/04/10 - Nicola Meighan (4/5) 19 April 2010
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Let's celebrate it from the rooftops: the Deacon Blue revival is finally upon us. If The Last Battle (and of course Frightened Rabbit) herald a renaissance in melodic Scottish rock, then leading the charge are Glasgow pop heartbreakers Admiral Fallow - formerly Brother Louis Collective - a six-piece who harmoniously conflate male/female interchange, choral bombast and grey-blue Scottish imagery (the sea, the sky, our tears, the rain).
From soaring anatomic nocturne `Dead Against Smoking' to combative folk-rock symphony `Subbutteo' (which unleashes a delirious and unexpected final nigh-on minute of prog), Admiral Fallow are set to soundtrack our forthcoming festivals, fireworks and Hogmanays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, original, concise 29 May 2012
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Not the longest album in the world by any means but it certainly doesn't waste any lyrics and notes. I believe the popular phrase is 'all killer, no filler'.

It starts fairly upbeat but the overall feel of the album is fairly melancholic.

It's been in my cd player for about 2 months now excepting a couple of temporary swap outs for Frightened Rabbit. This is not dissimilar from Frightened Rabbit's debut album 'Sing the Greys'.

I recommend particularly if you're a fan of the Scottish music scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air 29 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This recording is simply a breath of fresh air. Ask yourself this - how many albums have I that contain absolutely no duff or filler songs? Well add this to the list. The musical collective approach to arrangement and composition certainly works here. Add that to the intelligent, poetic and creative lyric writing and you have one of my top five albums of the year. Now can they do it again?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs met my heart 25 Mar 2013
By B
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I discovered Admiral Fallow after a review in the newspaper compared them to REM. I didn't find any similarities to that band, but I really love these songs, delivered in a harsh Scottish accent, but with so much emotion and heart. This album is full of little poetic gems in the lyrics. The great title "Boots met my face" is just one example of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy 25 May 2012
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Excellent second album, a must for everyone. There first album was fab and I think this one betters it. A good up and coming talent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amdmiral Fallow 2 Jun 2011
By Cranna
Format:Audio CD
chanced across these guys a few months ago and have loved them ever since. the album is amazing, full of beautiful, melodic songs that are wonderfully easy to connect to. stand out track has to be these barren years. brilliant, cannot wait for more from these guys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Feb 2014
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Admiral Fallow are a great Scottish band, there music and lyrics are simply outstanding. I love this CD with so many great songs on it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing band
Excellent songs from the band, there first album. I do prefer there second album ( Tree burst in snow ). But do buy this ( or both ) albums. Read more
Published 9 months ago by GW
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I stumbled across this band playing in Belfast last month, so bought the album-it's a lovely listen & the band are super talented the number of instruments they play.
Published 15 months ago by KathyG
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
New Scottish music at its best. A bit fence collective, a bit Frightened Rabbit, very much their own. Lovely stuff.
Published 17 months ago by Frances Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent music to listen to and enjoy
Came across this on one of my scans around following the "if you like this, you might like this ..". Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Michael A. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I heard Admiral Fallow for the first time when they were supporting Snow Patrol in Glasgow in February 2012. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by floflo
2.0 out of 5 stars Edith, you can keep it
The sticker with endorsement from Radio 1's Edith Bowman should have been enough to warm me off, but I stuck with it for a while. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Ibbots
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Delivered quickly and great Crimbo pressie :-)Going to see said band at Celtic Connections 2012 so this will help to join in on the night after a few refreshments !!
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by Paulo0407
5.0 out of 5 stars Admiral Fallow - amazing
We saw these guys at Latitude by accident, and it was about the best accident ever! Such amazing energy, and beautiful vocals - love the flute too it just adds another layer. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by LizzieP
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