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  • Audio CD (November 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japanese Indies
  • ASIN: B000C1YZS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Down (Like A Movie Star)
2. Touch Down
3. Waves And Caves
4. Figure In Your Dreams
5. Children Of The Universe
6. So Long Supernova
7. Perpetual Motion
8. Panophany
9. Get Yourself A Man
10. To Keep From Crying
11. After The Dream

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve.

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I fell in love with First utterance. Awesome, spooky, menacing, disturbing, surprising-- the album holds nearly endless fascination.

Then I get their second album, to keep from, this album gets terrible reviews all over the place. Well I like it. Love it, in fact. Celestial, heavenly, almost *too* sweet, touching, starry-eyed and beautiful. Give this one a chance, listen to it without prejudice. It is quite possibly the exact polar opposite of their debut. The first one was the ugly side of beauty, raw, intense. This one is the pretty side of beauty. They traded in the orcs and rapine satyrs for unicorns is what happened.

The story everyone tells is that to keep from crying was poppy due to label pressure. perhaps, but listen to the music in sequence:

First Utterance--super dark and scary
The Lost queens eye EP--has a dark moment or two, but over all, pretty light in comparison.
To keep from--super light and airy
Rodger's two solo songs, fiesta and new tide--just as bright and sunny as to keep from crying.

looking at it chronologically like that, to keep from crying is starting to look sincere, right?

The albums weak point is 'get yourself a man'. It's just not a good song. Children of the Universe, Super Nova and Figure in Your Dreams are the high points. Down like a movie star is as rockin' as Comus ever gets. It's a fun track, too.

Overall, I'd give this one a 4.5 and give First Utterance a 5. First utterance is a more solid effort, with really no weak point. Mind blowing musical performances on that one. this one however, it always makes me smile and though the violins and frantic hand drums are missed, it's a worthy release by any standard.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on August 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I am *totally* shocked that I absolutely LOVE To Keep From Crying.

It's true it sounds absolutely *nothing* like First Utterance.

Gone are the ominous-sounding psychedelic folk rock tendencies that made First Utterance stand apart from everything else (and develop such a loyal fan following over the years as a result of its distinctive sound) but... there's DEFINITELY something strongly appealing about To Keep From Crying.

I almost feel ashamed for liking this album because, well for one thing, it's completely dominated with a female lead singer who sounds like a cross between that chick from the progressive metal act Nightwish and the woman who sings with Ray Davies on the Kinks Preservation Act II (you know, the album with a tornado on the front cover).

So what *is* it about To Keep From Crying that is so gosh darn fascinating to me? Well for one thing, I love the lead singers voice. I'd rather hear Roger Wootton's frantic and nervous vocal style of course, but the woman singing here is pretty awesome as well. I assume she's a professional opera singer, but I could be wrong. Yes, her voice reminds me of Pippi Longstocking. You got me! Move over Tami Erin!

I believe she's the same woman who's singing background vocals on Hatfield and the North's masterpiece "The Rotter's Club" but I could be wrong about that. Anyway, she's constantly singing really melodic and adventurous vocal melodies. The songwriting is better than you're probably thinking. Every single song is super melodic and the instrumental portions are simply delightful but... you know, will you *like* this change in style that Comus is going for? That's the million dollar question!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Koropeckyj on January 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
How dare Comus follow up the brilliantly insane First Utterance with this very mediocre second utterance? I don't know what the hell they were thinking, but all the life was drained from the vivacious rhythms and lyrics of the first album. This sounds like normal stale classic rock nonsense from the 1970s.

In honesty I would be far easier on this album if it were not made by Comus. In fact, I am pretty sure that it is incorrect to even call the musicians on this album Comus, because they sound completely different and have none of the violent character of the first album.

I mean I was listening to the first song or so and I thought that it was just a weak first track, but then it kept on going in much the same vein. I think that the band quit doing acid or something after recording First Utterance because this is stale and tired rubbish in my book.
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