9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2002
I expected much more from the reviews I'd seen. The result was All about Eve meets Jethro Tull, which would be great if they had the best bits, but they didn't. The moody lyrics are good, the flute is excellent, and the vocals are nice, but the lacking is just that something special. Prog rock needs those transcendent moments: Organ section of Close to the Edge, Big Puzzle middle by the Flower Kings, epics like Baker Street Muse and all of Tranatlantic's work. Norwegian female vocals can be like having pure honey dribbled down your chin...Anneli Drecker of Bel Canto is the epitome of beautiful voice (Heaven is the most sublime song ever recorded) and I urge all of you to check it out, but I feel Sylvia in White Willow needs different material to showcase her talent.
I'm sure more listens will grow on me, like cutanea larva migrans.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2003
this album is one of the best albums I have heard in a very long time. the other bands that are this good come from the 60's and 70's, nothing that is this new is this good. The track the crucible which blows me away everytime I listen to it, which is an instrumental track with flutes, gnostalgia which is a 10 minute track starts of very peaceful with soft ecoustic guitars with soft female vocals which builds up into progressive folk with keyboards and flutes, not to mention the 11 minute track the reach which is an all round great progressive rock/folk track with keyboards and flutes any prog rock fan would apreciate this band. excellent stuff from this norway based band. it's ashame there arn't more bands around this good.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2003
I agree with the comments above. Over the last 18 months I have got into both Karnataka and Mostly Autumn and have been spoilt. Secretly I was hoping for something on a par but it was not to be. Whilst there is something lacking - lead guitar could be more prominent - this is still a fine album and the more I play it, the better it seems. I particularly like the soft, folky, accoustic guitar & flute track The Last Rose Of Summer. Also worthy of note is the 10 minute long track Gnostalgia, mainly instrumental, and which grows and grows. Hope I haven't sounded too negative and it's only really because of my interest in the other two bands mentioned above that I was a little disappointed. This is a good album and definitely worth buying.