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on 26 May 2007
The third of the original trio of Jade Warrior's albums is also probably their best. Their music is difficult to describe in terms of better-known artists; it's easier to say that they jump between sparse electric rock and a peaceful, but powerful acoustic vibe. 'A Winter's Tale' kicks the album off with the latter and establishes the use of a strong ambient studio echo. It's a languid, melodic song with a chorus repeat at the end with a communal feel to it. The deliberately brutal, ugly bass of 'Snake' jars after this, as does the spare lyric, but it is a highly individual track.
The best track is 'Dark River', a breathtakingly compelling instrumental. The first two minutes consists of a heady flute passage over an infectious conga rhythm. A simple, increasingly hypnotic acoustic guitar pattern follows before a wonderful percussion climax. The other instrumental, 'Obedience', is also superb, culminating in a mesh of sound that is harmonious rather than cacophonous. There are vague concessions to r&b in the form of 'Joanne' and 'The Demon Trucker', but even these bear little relation to the likes of the Stones. 'Morning Hymn', 'Lady Of The Lake' and 'Borne On To The Solar Wind' are, like the opening track, beautifully melodic, yet possess that peace vibe.
One of 1972's best-kept secrets, 'Last Autumn's Dream' is the best example of why Jade Warrior's music deserves a much wider audience.