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on 26 June 2006
Based upon the simplicity of the musical vision within this trio, (i.e. English, pastoral, acoustic-guitar-in-a-field type music) there really is probably no better way of doing it than Forest do. Upon first impressions (especially with the self-title disk) I couldn't help but laugh at how extremely hippyish I found them. 'Surely these people are the most hippyish hippies of all time' I said. And it is not because they put on a show to make themselves appear that way (i.e. nonsense about pixies and fairies) but their music presents themselves as they simply are, thus all hippy antics were pointed at them and not at their whims.
The self-title disk consists of songs of a pop-type structure, i.e. verse, chorus etc. and the songs are generally more (dare I say it) commercial (it isn't commercial in any way, but compared to full circle it is). It took me a long time however to turn to Full Circle and discover that they are neither corny field-lovin' folk nor extreme hippies. Instead I discovered that their music is genuinely charming and is in no way laughable or humorous, at least not in the way that I first thought they were. Half the charm of the trio is that they do not have a lot to say as they themselves said in a song, and shan't pretend to either.
In terms of folk, this was the first folk-type album I ever bought and ever since then I have been searching for folk bands that match the high expectations that my first try at folk music was so lucky to come across. Spirogyra came as a result (superb stuff)
Musically > fantastic vocal harmonies and features classically-trained, inventive and skilled guitarists and general instrumentalists and so forth.
If you want to have a feel of real English charm with songs of mystery, an ore of nature, a touch of underground and moods that often turn away from flowery meadows into dark, thick woods of haunting shadows and tear-dropping ghosts then this great value for money CD is for you.
Favourite tracks? > has to be Famine Song and Autumn Child. I see them both as the same song and together they work beautifully.