Music Inspired by The Lord of the Rings Import
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Closing my eyes, it's even possible to imagine the forests of Middle Earth when listening to "Greenwood the Great" or Frodo's lament while preparing for his great adventure in "Goodbye Alone." "Out of the Inn" starts out light and airy, playful and medieval sounding, then lurches into an increasing urgent sounding rocker.
My rave track is the instrumental "On the Wings of Gwaihir" with its heavy reliance on harmonics and some nifty hollow-body electric strumming. It follows a steadily repeated riff, but works through several key changes to keep it interesting. By now, each of the songs has used the same tactic, beginning with an acoustic theme then building to a guitar solo climax, so we're ready for it when it happens here. Ummm. Well, not quite. Josh rips out his most succinct, raw and inspired solo for this song, and then just like that, it's over. This one truly leaves the listener wanting more.
"At Last To Rivendell" maintains its Celtic flavor throughout, even as its tempo hastens. It's also short and sweet. "Journey's Thought" might pass for a middle-period Pink Floyd tune, complete with slow Gilmour-tinged strumming and whispered vocals.Read more ›
"The unexpected album", is the comment in the booklet that accompanies this album. Although Tolkien's literary masterpiece had inspired the band more often, the successful screen-version of this book gave the band the idea to dedicate a full album to it. Mostly Autumn managed to do so in a mere fortnight. The band members themselves don't regard this as their 4th album, but more like a diversion and as a mark of honor to Tolkien.
A diversion? Well, I'll take a diversion like this everytime, as this is a exquisite album. There are at least a half dozen artists that I know of, who have recorded albums based on The Lord of the Rings, with varying success but if there be one band that succeeds in capturing Tolkien's magical world and then rendering it into a musical masterpiece, it must be Mostly Autumn. Set aside the usual hype around the screen-version and prepare yourself for one of the more intriguing progressive albums in recent years. A magical confluence of progressive music, mixed with folk and Celtic elements are presented in twelve superb songs and as a bonus, you get a six and a half minute video track.
True, if you're a pop or alternative fan, you may not appreciate it's greatness but if you're grown up and past pop rock and maybe like prog rock a little, you'll like MIBTLOTR a lot.
And let's not forget the millions who reveled in the magnificent trilogy The Lords of the Rings, this is a wonderful trip down memory lane.Read more ›
This album consists of both new material and Tolkien-related tracks from earlier Mostly Autumn albums. Most songs exhibit the band's excellent musicianship, with perhaps the single exception being "Caradhras the Cruel" which suffers from an unfortunate vocal track meant to be the voice of the Mountian.
The best tracks on this album include "Journey's Thought", which follows the musings of Frodo while on his quest, and "Lothlorien", which truly captures the spirit of that beautiful, timeless place.
The band's best albums are "The Last Bright Light" and "The Spirit of Autumn Past", which get 5 stars each.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first album experience with Mostly Autumn. Some years ago, I heard snippets of their music in a documentary focused on J.R.R. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Kathy-W
In my opinion, if you read the books and/or watch the movies the only one that fits (or is remotely well written) is Lothlorien (#10). Read morePublished on November 7, 2005