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The romantic peak,
By A Customer
This review is from: Farewell to the Shade (Audio CD)
The third album of AATT and the climax in their romantic period. This album almost elevated the band from cult and new wave underground to the pop scene getting the band loads of new listeners. It's a very lush and sonorous produced album - distinct bass, unorthodox drum patterns, impressive organ paintings, sparkling guitar played italiano, solemn vocal....and hand claps. It's manor house, dramatic poetry and weird fantasies in Shakespeare-like environments. It's English countryside seen from the Gentlemans horseback with dagger in one hand and coloured ribbons as love memories in the other. Farewell to the shade is a beautyful record not out of this world. Some listeners will dislike the solemn atmosphere, and it's true that this album demands special weather conditions and state of mind to really pay off. But then one will be heavenly rewarded. Every time I listen I become sucked in a dragged back in time. Take me away!!!! Outstanding tracks: The Street Organ, The Pear Tree, Macbeth's Head and Prince Rupert. The popsong will be Misfortunes. The album features a special version of a Cat Stevens song - Lady D'Arbanville.