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Season Of Sparks

Adrian Crowley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chemikal Underground
  • ASIN: B002Q4TKHM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As its emotive title may suggest, Adrian Crowley's fifth album is one of bristling, tactile atmospheres. It represents a point after ten years of recording music, where his words, his music and the influence of his collaborators all meet in a perfect, joyous place.

Crowley's career is best defined by his album-work. His specific craft is the cohesive flow, the collection, the beginning, middle, and end. More than just a writer of songs, he etches out journeys, where each character, story or incident within his songs feels like a stepping-stone to the next character, story or incident. Season Of The Sparks is like the best type of short story book where each tale seems magically connected to the rest. Maybe it's the striking sense of incandescence that unites all these particular stories/songs. Moving away from the sea/water themed imagery of his previous record, the Choice Music Prize nominated Long Distance Swimmer, his lates album is flushed with Arcadian detail; birds and bees, lush vines, honeycombs, kindling, and dreaming horses. It might bring to mind Bill Callahan at his brightest, or an excerpt from one of John McGahern's consumed passages on the buzz of rural life. It's as is if from this descriptive cosmos spills the music itself - a mysterious cacophony of odd phosphorescent instruments such as mellotron, harmonium, Rhodes and shruti box, and of course a plentitude of strings from Kevin Murphy's cello, Marja Gaynor's mesmerizing baroque viola and some absolutely astonishing arrangement from acclaimed London duo Geese.

Crowley, an honorary affiliate of the Fence Collective in Fife, has made many great connections with other musicians throughout his travels. Several of those relationships blossom spectacularly on these recordings. Ivor Cutler's fruity ditty Squeeze Bees is embedded in the middle of this record in a wheezing din of marxophone (no I have no idea either). What's interesting is how the late oddball humorist's songsfits so seamlessly into Crowleys word.

Despite all this decoration, Season Of The Sparks never becomes too weighed down in the pastoral. The big surging chors in the The Wishing Seat or the stratospheric swirl and flickering drums of Liberty Stream are perfectly measured breaks in tempo. At the heart of all this is Crowley's own, deeply natural Irish narration brooding through each song, captured expertly by close-collaborator Stephen Shannon, a quite brilliant, yet-to-be-discovered producer in Dublin. Adrian Crowley's fifth album Season Of The Sparks is a celebration of many things; friends, the world around him, and the world within him.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Adrian Crowley record January 21, 2010
By Listo
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I'm still waiting for this guy to get as well known in the states as say, Glen Hansard or Lisa Hannigan. He is an Irish musician of great skill and definitely one of my favorite lyricists. This album is something of a departure for Crowley, who here abandons his quirky obsession of sorts with nautical references and to a lesser extent with the dark, brooding sounds that have characterized his previous works (which I also highly recommend). Instead, this album is a bit more varied in sound from song to song, and more ethereal and uplifting overall. Well, relatively, anyway. I've been waiting for this album to come out for sometime and I am not disappointed by any measure. While there are departures (such as those I mentioned), the instrumental arrangements continue to be very strong (and use strings very tastefully) and his song writing skills have remained exceptional. This is probably one of the best rock albums this years whether anyone knows it yet or not.
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