Totally great and tragically underrated album. Stop comparing it to First Utterance, people! This is a different beast altogether, and it's definitely NOT a "step down" from the first album, more like a sideways move. Intelligent song-oriented "progressive" rock that in places almost sounds like alternative rock from the '90s somehow, like Smashing Pumpkins or Oasis--maybe that's going overboard, but listen to it and see if you can hear what I'm talking about. I think it was ahead of it's time. Reply See 2 replies Notify me Helpful.
Album Name To Keep from Crying. Erscheinungsdatum 1974. Labels Virgin Records. Musik GenreProg Folk. Mitglieder die dieses Album besitzen0. 1. Down (Like a Movie Star). 4. Figure in Your Dreams. 5. Children of the Universe.
After the dark twisted masterpiece of First Utterance, Comus came back a few years later with a second LP, To Keep From Crying. Even with Henry Cow bassoonist Lindsay Cooper and Gong saxophonist Didier Malherbe added to the ranks, To Keep From Crying does not get anywhere near the power of the first album
To Keep from Crying is the second album by progressive folk band Comus, released in 1974. It featured a notably different lineup from their other releases, with the violin/viola and woodwind spots replaced by keyboards and a conventional drum kit. The album's content has also been noted as sounding more mainstream than their earlier work, which centred more in conventional progressive rock and folk.
To Keep From Crying is by no means a bad album. It is generally ignored by Comus fans because it is not nearly as intricate or interesting as Comus' prior work. However, it boasts solid instrumentals like First Utterance, but with more reserve in its writing and performance. The production on this album is also excellent quality, with none of the individual instruments getting lost in the mix. The bass especially pops out, which is great because this album is heavily driven by brilliant basslines. However, should one go into this album with an unbiased listening mindset, one may find that To Keep From Crying is still a worthy addition to the progressive rock catalog.
First Utterance is the debut album of the progressive folk band Comus. It was released in 1971, with the opening song "Diana" being released as a single. First Utterance was notable for its unique blend of progressive rock, folk, psychedelia, and elements of paganism and the macabre.
To Keep From Crying - Студийный альбом от Comus. В альбом вошло 24 треков. Продолжительность альбома: 01:28:13.
To Keep From Crying is an album that I've recommended to many who say that Comus is far too disturbing due to First Utterance, but in my experience, very few people who dislike First Utterance ever give the follow-up a chance. And to those who disdain First Utterance for its disturbing lyrics and pagan aspects, realize that it is a concept album. Incidentally, it is interesting how high rated this is while one of the albums on it gets so derided. Light and dark can go beautifully together. I hope we'll get more music from Comus and more complete collection at a later date - if Out of the Coma were on this compilation I would prefer it still. Here you have it all. The entire COMUS output up to 2005.