12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
beautiful moments of emptiness,
By A Customer
This review is from: All Things Real (Audio CD)
A friend gave me this album(promo)six months ago and I love the feel and emotional impact these songs bring...
The solitude of this album is one of abandonment rather than liberation. It traffics in silences and painful proximity: the songs are so well written - very understated. The close recording create flaws and weaknesses in much of the musical texture; the very mechanics of instrumentation seem to serve where the instruments themselves falter: the sound of air running through the harmonium, the scratching on worn guitar strings, the emotion of Adey's vocals. And the silences that seems to threaten the life of every song are poised as failures: the instruments or the voice or even the prosody of the lyrics simply give way into slight moments of emptiness.
These are just my thoughts as I stand now. My love affair with this beautiful and vatic record is fresh, and like all youthful suitors I will tend to idolise and revere the object of my passion, to read too much into its gestures and motions, to ignore the world outside for a while; and yet I know that there are still many things to be found within the minutes of this record, in its antecedents and heirs, its sources and resonances. I am barely yet acquainted with All Thing Real. To steal for a moment; the rigorous succession of circumstances. This table, this bubble of light humming with music. This is where I start.