"In The Russet Gold Of This Vain Hour" by The Autumns (2000)
This was a pretty tough one to call. Before I listened to it I took a glance at the liner notes and found out that it was produced by Simon Raymonde with help from Robin Guthrie--exciting. These guys are two thirds of The Cocteau Twins, one of my favorite bands. As expected the album does have an overall ethereal, gothic tone, yet musically it doesnÕt sound that much like the Cocteau's. What The Autumns do sound like is The Cure. In fact the singer sounds so much like Robert Smith that it's not right. Throughout, the album maintains a quiet somber sound, again remarkably like mellow Cure, and at it's best The Autumns smack at the brilliance of Jeff Buckley. Particularly enjoyable for me is the guitar work--it reminded me of early Genesis--the guitar sound a dead ringer for Steve Hackett--the world's most underrated axeman. Even though I like this album well enough, the sum of all of these interesting parts just doesn't add up to that great of a whole. The songs all run together like one long melancholy diatribe--it just never really goes anywhere. It's like looking at a painting that's pleasing enough to the eye, but after a while you're ready to look at another painting.
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