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Old 02-25-2019, 08:48 AM
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I already weighed in in individual songs but here are my thoughts on the overall album BARE TREES:

The songs are concise, occasionally up-tempo, occasionally even hard.

The album, though after FUTURE GAMES seems in attitude a step between that album and KILN HOUSE as if BT were recorded right after KH. Even one of Christine’s songs (Spare Me) is a hold over from something she presented to and performed with the band in 1970, whereas all her FG songs appear to be new.

The quality of the songs is very high and the performances are routinely tasteful, economical, and often quite effective.

The quality of the sound and mix is noticeably murky, a very muddled sounding recording in comparison with the spacious, airy quality of FUTURE GAMES and the bright, articulate warmth of KILN HOUSE. The band is making all the right musical choices but the mix isn’t capturing them with sufficient crispness. Of all the FM albums from the 71-74 period this one sounds the most homespun and homely. MTM would have some recording issues later but not nearly as significant (IMO) as this.

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Of all the FM albums from the 71-74 period this one sounds the most homespun and homely.
I think that's one of the reasons I like this album so much. It's FM's most lo-fi album. My ears like that.

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Totally off-topic: as a person who sometimes has trouble with abbreviations, I always wonder why FM fans are talking about Mary Tyler Moore but then I figure it out. (insert smiley)
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Old 02-25-2019, 04:58 PM
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I think that's one of the reasons I like this album so much. It's FM's most lo-fi album. My ears like that.



Totally off-topic: as a person who sometimes has trouble with abbreviations, I always wonder why FM fans are talking about Mary Tyler Moore but then I figure it out. (insert smiley)
Iím also a Mary Tyler Moore nut. Iíve seen every episode at least 12 times...
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Iím also a Mary Tyler Moore nut. Iíve seen every episode at least 12 times...
You just love those pants. Christine looked so good in MTM pants!!!
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You just love those pants. Christine looked so good in MTM pants!!!
I do love those pants. And those blazers and lapels.
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Old 03-09-2019, 09:06 AM
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Bare Trees is my favorite pre BN album. I LOVE it so hoere's how I'd rate it.

Child of Mine- 9.5
The Ghost- 9.5
Homeward Bound- 10
Sunny Side of Heaven- 8.5
Bare trees- 9
Sentimental Lady- 9
Danny's Chant- 5
Spare Me A Little- 7
Dust- 10

0verall- 8.7
Homeward Bound is my favourite song by Christine ever. They are a bunch of clowns for not playing Homeward Bound on the On With the Show tour. Two songs that would have fit perfectly with the narrative of the band and with Christine returning are Homeward Bound and On With the Show. Not to mention Carnival Begin. And before someone says "But On With the Show was written in 2017!" - no, it wasn't, as the song name was registered on ASCAP as early as 2012.
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Child Of Mine: 9
The Ghost: 9
Homeward Bound: 9
Sunny Side of Heaven: 10 (and more!!)
Bare Trees: 8.5
Sentimental Lady: 8
Danny's Chant: 7.5
Spare Me A Little Of Your Love: 8
Dust: 8
Thoughts on a Grey Day: Errrr...is it a song?
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