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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 seemingly 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.

The plaintive dirge-like chords of final track 'The Sad Clown Cast'
bring this stunning album to a luminous dream-like conclusion.

There's a little bit of all kinds of life in these songs.
I felt strangely priviledged to share the journey.

Highly Recommended.
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on 29 May 2012
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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on 25 March 2013
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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on 19 April 2010
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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on 25 May 2012
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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on 1 September 2012
Came across this on one of my scans around following the "if you like this, you might like this ..". Well thought out, carefully crafted, from simple voice and single instrument to layered sound. Music full of colour and feeling and not easy to categorise, which is just how music should be. Looking forward to more from these guys.
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on 5 October 2013
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. See them live if you can , they are better on stage. My copy came in a cardboard CD sleeve which is a shame, but this is a minor concern. Great album.
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on 2 June 2011
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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on 25 March 2013
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.
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on 31 January 2015
Not quite as good as Tree Bursts in Snow but still not a bad album. A bit slower overall than I would have liked. Tree Bursts is a bit more upbeat.
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