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5.0 out of 5 stars From Strength To Strength,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)Admiral Fallow's last album 'Boots Met My Face', released originally in 2010, was
a gem. In Louis Abbott this fine Glaswegian five-piece have a splendid leader
and songwriter and their new album 'Tree Bursts In Snow' finds the band in
increasingly confident form. The wistful melodies and observations of their
earlier work remain intact but what is new here is a greater sense of power
and purpose. It's stirring stuff every-which-way. There are ten songs in the
set and not a weak one among them. When they see fit the ensemble can really
rock out (witness the uproarious 'Guest Of The Government') but when the mood
takes them there are the tenderest moments too (the beautiful 'Old Fools' is
sung with true feeling and conviction by Mr Abbott). There's light and shade in
the foursquare arrangement of 'Beetle In The Box' (sporting commendable vocal
support from Sarah Hayes); delicious harmonies and energetic drumming from Philip
Hauge in 'Brother' and poignant melancholy on final track 'Oh, Oscar'. It is to
the magnificent composition 'Burn', however, to which we must turn to experience
the full force and elegant complexity of the band's sense of drama and palpable
emotion. It is a song to rank with the very best we have heard so-far this year.
An album to treasure. Don't let it pass you by on the other side of the road.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass appreciation beckons?,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)Read various reviews of this album and the glowing testimonials afforded their first album in the amazon review section, and then listened to the short snippets available.I was immediately taken with songs on both albums even on such small crumbs. Luckily got the chance to see them live last Monday and would confirm what some others have known for a while - this is a top notch band. Flute and clarinet add a classy flourish to their sound. The lead singer has a fine voice and duets beautifully with the female member of the band at times. The songs are lyrically rich and hold your attention from start to finish. As has been mentioned elsewhere there are a couple of songs which may bring Elbow to mind. My favourites are the two tracks which bookend the album closely followed by old fools and burn but there are others which i'm sure may just help elevate the band to mass appeal given the right breaks and a bit of national radio play - possibly beetle in the box and/or isn't this world enough. The first album is possibly even better - dead against smoking tops the lot for me. Give both albums a try, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great discovery,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)I've only just discovered this band after reading some of the end-of-year album lists and checking them out. This album is a songwriting masterclass full of poise, delicacy and restraint but also with plenty of pop sensibility. Another thing that comes across is the 'soul' of the album - like all the best bands they sound like they mean every word and note. If there's any justice they are destined for great things.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the year,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)Q. How do you follow Boots Met My Face?
A. With Tree Busts in Snow.
Wonderful 10/10. Click "add to basket".
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful discovery ... not one dud track!,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)I heard a track from this album on an episode of "The Big C" and liked it enough to track down the band, listen to another couple of tracks, and bought this on the strength of that. I am seriously impressed by the performances, the album hangs together well, it's well paced and has a sense of continuity. The entire album is a delight. This band deserve every success, they are sublime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome,
This review is from: Tree Bursts in Snow (Audio CD)Cant get enough of this!
Its got it all. At times its mellow and foot stomping, and has beautifully clever lyrics.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second album,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)Great album, fine song writing, excellent musicians. I prefer this album to the first ( Boots met my face ) , the band meshes well and its a tight sound. If you get the chance to see the band live - do it, they are even better on the stage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)This is SO good. I'd never heard of Admiral Fallow until I took a shot at this and now I am totally hooked. Vocals are crystal clear, music is brilliant., - really, go buy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first one,
This review is from: Tree Bursts In Snow (Audio CD)This is a very good follow-up to their first album, even if it doesn't quite reach the same level. Thorough songwriting here too, though, and I really like the album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure dead brilliant,
This review is from: Tree Bursts in Snow (MP3 Download)Having first heard Admiral Fallow on their track 'Brother' on a free Nettwerk Fall sampler album I just had to hear more. Loving the complex simplicity of their music and the thought provoking lyrics..
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