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  • Audio CD (22 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neurot
  • ASIN: B00004TDYD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dave on 28 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I understand that Steve Von Till is the guitarist in Neurosis, an extreme metal band. Given that history, the album he's released is about a million miles from anything even vaguely resembling metal. 'As The Crow Flies' consists of seven tracks of bleak dirges, mostly just Von Till's low, growly vocals and an acoustic guitar.
To give an example of the sort of music we're talking about, think of Nick Drake if he'd smoked far too many cigarettes, or perhaps Nick Cave without so much of the 'over-the-top-goth' elements. In places, the album's painfully slow, to the point where you wonder if a phrase will even be finished. In others (especially beautiful tracks like 'twice born' or 'shadows in stone') you hope for the music to carry on much longer than it does. In either case, the album carries a simplistic gravitas and majesty often absent from modern music.
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A Somewhat Awkward Step Forward 18 July 2000
By Jesse Melat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If I were to give a name to Steve Von Till has crafted here, if would be "ambient folk". Minimalistic, acoustic guitar with various electronic treatments and noises in the background. Von Till has made an original, somber and notable album.
The problem with it is that only about half of the tracks are strong(3, 5 and 7 are classics, in my estimation) while the rest just have nothing with which to distinguish themselves from each other. They simply take the doctrine of minimalism too far, repeating over and over. This is not to say that tracks like "Midheaven" and "Stained Glass" are complete throwaways; they do achieve the unique emotional territory of brooding observance that the rest of the album does, just not quite as well. Von Till's voice on As the Crow Flies does indeed sound very much like Swans' lead singer Micheal Gira, as was previously noted by another reviewer. There is a certain resemblence of this music to the proto-goth band's more acoustic moments, but Vont Till's compositions seem far more removed from reality and less angst-ridden. His lyrics are well written and effective for the music he is playing, but his vocals have a sense of awkwardness in some places, particularly "Midheaven", where the low gravelly tinch in his voice sounds anything if not forced. This is not a song-ruining element by any means, merely one of many flaws that contributes to the loss of two stars in my rating. It's stronger points border on the tear-inducing, and its weaker ones just make you want to hit the skip button halfway through. Hopefully with his next solo release(if he plans on doing one) he will have these kinks ironed out and produce something that is homogenous in its haunting, subdued emotivity.
Steve Von Till remains in the shadows.... 10 July 2000
By Jeff Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On "As The Crow Flies", Steve Von Till gets a chance to further explore the dark, minimalist melodies that were only beginning to be hinted at on his band Neurosis' "Times of Grace" album. Steve definitely steps out of the dark shadows that Neurosis casts with their music on this CD...however, he only steps right into a darker one. This CD is at once saddening, morose, and somber. However, it is so well written, and mood altering, you can't help but be drawn in. The delayed guitar effect on track three is heartbreaking, as is most of this album. If you are a Neurosis fan, you will most definitely enjoy this. I recommend with four out of five, which is a super high rating.
A nice solo debut from Neurosis singer 7 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"As the crow flies" is the debut solo album from Neurosis singer/guitarist Steve von Till. It's a collection of seven acoustics songs recorded in his home studio between 1996 and 1999. Althougth the sound is very different from Neurosis albums the mood is quite the same, very dark and longing for transcendance. Steve von till croons on low, repetitive melodies, building a sound quite reminiscent of Michael Gira (Swans singer) solo efforts like "Drainland". Not for the fainthearted but pretty rewarding if you're in the right mood.
Steve Von Till is amazing. 21 May 2013
By steffan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
All of his albums are great, including this one. It's really beautiful and simple music. Any time you're in the mood, check his stuff out. I recommend getting all of them, but if you're only going to buy one, get the second album "If I should Fall to the Fields".
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