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Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,
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Sad, sorrowful, mournful, bleak and almost indescribably beautiful, this is a sepia-toned and autumnal body of work perhaps better suited to an October release than being unleashed just as the days are getting noticeably longer and warmer, but no matter - it's an album for all seasons.
Unlike its notable predecessor "Here's The Tender Coming", there's no up-tempo romp here to mitigate the pervading sense of gloom, but on reflection that kind of interruption would probably have been inappropriate, and might simply have broken the spell.
Without dismissing in any way some very fine original songwriting and arrangements, it is the two surprising cover choices that threaten to steal the show. The emotionally-charged treatment of Tom Waits' "No One Knows I've Gone" is genuinely jaw-dropping; the shortest track on the record, it's a real "hairs on the back of your neck" moment. Likewise, a stunning arrangement of King Crimson's prog-rock classic "Starless" (minus the prog) is destined to live long in the memory. A special record.