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Burning Season

Faith & The Muse Audio CD
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Faith and the Muse blend art, theatre and music together to create a multi-faced catharsis of expression at all levels. Comprised of William Faith (ex- Christian Death, Mephisto Walz, Sex Gang Children, and Shadow Project member) and Monica Richards (ex- Strange Boutique member), Faith and the Muse blend an assortment of musical styles in their work, ranging from gothic/darkwave, to ... Read more in Amazon's Faith & The Muse Store

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  • Audio CD (8 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis
  • ASIN: B00009V7QT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bait & Switch
2. Sredni Vashtar
3. Boudiccea
4. The Burning Season
5. Whispered In Your Ear
6. Gone To Ground
7. Relic Song
8. In The Amber Room
9. Failure To Thrive
10. Visions
11. Prodigal
12. Willow's Song

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New... 26 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album not so long ago and i have to say that i was extremly impressed. Usually bands like Faith & the muse, Candlebox, Four Star Mary etc. have track listings that sound interesting but are infact all very similar and therefore not what you were expecting.
Each song on this album has its own unique style and in particular i favour the title track 'The burning season', swiftly followed by 'Boudiccea'.
I would strongly recomend this album to fans of negative pop like Evanescence, Bif Naked, K's choice and Four Star Mary. Happy listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let Monica's photo fool you; the gloves are off. 10 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Where to begin?
Since 1994, William Faith and Monica Richards have created romantic myth-rock with flashes of their shared punk roots. Their only real stylistic contemporaries are Eric and Lisa Hammer (Mors Syphilitica).
After the consistent elements among the first three albums (and one retrospective, "Vera Causa"), "The Burning Season" is a sharp slap up the side of the head. All the usual emotion and drama are present, but with a fiercely updated atmosphere. Ain't no "Sea Angler," ain't no "Reine La Belle." The beats are faster, the vocal tactics are more varied, and there's an honest-to-God guitar solo!
The intro "Bait & Switch" is a warning shot of deathrock across the bow. Then POW!-"Sredni Vashtar" has an even faster beat and relentless rhythm. Seven years ago, Monica sang "Come to life my second skin / Come protect the madness locked within."
Well, now: "Time to drop the seventh veil and let some madness wander in."
The trappings of Renaissance and Celtic music I've come to expect are stripped away, even on songs of historical legend like "Boudiccea." Much of the instrumentation and song structure runs 1980s-present. A notable exception is the funeral-jazz "Gone to Ground." A controlled weariness creeps into Monica's vocals here, and it works.
The title track has a very cinematic feel, with Creatures-style drum programming. Overall, this CD has less low-end thunder and music layering than the previous releases. It sounds like the greenery has been burned away. Still, it isn't a TOTAL departure; Monica's vocals on "Boudiccea," "Whispered In Your Ear," and "Visions" are in that gentle, comfortable mid-range she and the late Kirsty Maccoll own. William's acoustic guitar is as soothing and intricate as his electric guitar is energetic. Speaking of which, the old-school punk declaration "Relic Song" features the aforementioned solo, with a hilarious sample of a cheering stadium crowd. It's gallows humor (exhibit A: page 2 of the lyrics, bottom right corner), and it works for me.
"In The Amber Room" is a seductive ethereal piece, with NIN-esque electronics and soprano vocals that harken to Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins). William puts a twist on the wrath he brought to "Trauma Coil" with "Failure To Thrive." He doesn't yell this time, but the anger and admonition are clear: "A torch to the error and a cold hard look in the eye." The truth-seeker Diogenes would like this tune.
No, this CD isn't a retread of the first three. Faith and The Muse are artists; it's not SUPPOSED to be. They don't sound tired - they just sound tired of the petty aspects of this big, cyclical journey we endure. ("This is not a darker age / Just the turning of the wheel.")
As for the gentle closer "Willow's Song:" this may be the ultimate Third Date Song. Monica wore bells on her ankles while recording this one. After about two minutes, ankle bells may be the ONLY thing you're wearing. Trust me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Their best work yet! 18 Jan 2004
By Richard Van Camp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The Burning Season" is the fourth and best studio album from one of the trailbreakers in goth. The lyrics are exquisite, and the additional programming and treatments by Chad Blinman take the band to a new level never reached before. Every track takes the band to a new level of grandeur that succeeds beautifully, making Faith and the Muse goth royalty forever. As well, Monica Richard goes all out with her voice and reaches new notes I've never heard before, especially in "Visions". Talk about getting the tingles every time I hear it! She's dreamy in "Boudiccea" and "In the Amber Room", intimate in "The Burning Season", jazzy in "Gone to Ground" and she rocks out in "Sredni Vashtar" and the "Relic Song." Of any project Faith and the Muse have ever done, "The Burning Season" is Monica's finest and clearest vocal performance yet. The same goes for William Faith. He's left the spoken word poetry behind and comes through with one of Faith and the Muse's most incredible songs ever: "Failure to Thrive." Hypnotic and disarming, it'll haunt you for years after you hear it. Get ready for "The Burning Season"--Faith and the Muse's most fully realized album yet!
I hope everyone who reads this checks it out --especially anyone who misses Siousxie and the Banshees. "The Burning Season" is magnificent. By the way, if you haven't heard Faith and the Muse's remake of "Running up that Hill" off their "Vera Causa", you have not lived!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD Is Bound To Stir It Up! 10 July 2003
By Catera - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As an appreciator of F&TM, I find their latest release an unexpected and welcome departure from their "usual" musical stylings. Monica Richards and William Faith are the ultimate artists; not only musically but visually as well. The music on
this release couldn't be more exquisite and the visual is just as equal and fitting to the music. The album is an eclectic mix of music that validates that the talent of these two has evolved. As true artisans, they know not one limitation and are driven by their own instincts and talent. They prove over and over again that they are in control without interference; they choose to be true to themselves. I have no doubt that this new album will stir up controversy amongst the die hard F&TM appreciators. I believe that is exactly what Monica Richards and William Faith thrive on! The Burning Season is not to be missed!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to grow some teeth! 20 Oct 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful new album! This one starts off with more of an edge. A high energy album that shows off more of William Faith's talents. Monica Richards' vocals take on a harder edge, and the groups musical versitility shines through yet again. ("Compare Sredni Vashtar" and "In the Amber Room") This album steps away from their familiar Medaeval and Early music themes for a bit and jumps full force into the 21st century's Techno/industrial world.
Definately another triumph showing the groups talent as musicians.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let some madness wander in 12 May 2004
By Clarissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been exposing myself to a lot of Goth and Industrial music lately but this stands out among my growing collection for in terms of everything (music, lyrics, vocal performances) it's such an incredibly brilliant album that's layered with a crossbreed of many diverse styles and I just can't get enough of it! Aside from `The Burning Season', `Vera Causa' is the only other CD I own by Faith and the Muse but they're both extremely different. `Vera Causa' is far more subtle while this, their latest effort, simply rocks! Monica's whispery, temptress-like vocals can still be found crooning on slow, dreamy numbers such as "In The Amber Room" and "The Burning Season" but the highlights for me include the faster tempos; many of which give off a post punk vibe that mix in well with the dark swirling melodies. However, whether the playing be harsh or soft all the instrumentations are hypnotic and filled with a distinct surge of energy. William Faith even sings on "Failure To Thrive" which is enriched with darkwave rhythms. My absolute favorite tracks, though, have got to be the light spirited "Visions" where a slight dance beat is present and their amazing cover of "Willow's Song", originally sung by Brit Eckland from the British horror classic "The Wicker Man".
All Faith and the Muse need to do now is play a concert in Southern California somewhere because I'd love to see them live!
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