Renaissance
Ashes Are Burning


4.5
superb

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
July 18th, 2012 | 202 replies | 6,502 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: can you even understand?

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

Ah, Renaissance, perhaps the most underrated and overlooked band ever? Ashes are Burning to Scheherazade and Other Stories is one of the best album streaks in progressive rock history, and seemingly hardly anyone knows about them, especially on Sputnik. For some reason a lot of classic bands go unnoticed on this site, i mean considering this album has a pathetic 16 votes while The Contortionists new album which came out ***ing yesterday and already has well over 100, clearly shows there is something ***ed up with the world we live in, and i hope one day we go back to enjoying the true jams and today i will try to help the cause. So listen up kids, sit back and relax, fetch a glass of wine and your favourite easy chair and experience the one and only Renaissance.

The first track Can you Understand? takes you on a musical journey, The festive yet strangely dark ass intro sets the mood for what the album brings. There is a lot of emphasis on keys on this tune, the bass is also prominent and thank *** for it as the playing is top notch. While the sound-scape changes dramatically throughout the album, the moodiness is always there, whether its from the minor chords or Annie's soft yet sometimes haunting voice, honestly there is never a dull moment, even the gay carnival bits rule. Let it grow is a beautiful little number, this is where Annie really shines, her pitch perfect yet naturally sounding vox oozes passion and warm milk on my naked body, baby take me, take me hard. Michael Dunford shows what he can do on the third track On the Frontier, his vocals harmonize magnificently with Annies to create a sexy choir that propels the song to something special indeed. Annie is a goddess, from her exquisite bust to her beautiful angelic voice, its like i can almost taste her as she breathes her voice into my ears, ahh yes indeed. I wouldnt mind seeing to her rear quarters either, basically i want to *** her and live in her cave, but who wouldnt? Carpet of the Sun and At the Harbour are both majestic pieces, again with Annie in the spotlight for most of the duration, at the harbour is a very moving piece indeed, featuring only a piano and Annies vocals, it just showcases her talent and how amazingly perfect her voice really is. The title track is another final track masterpiece that you've come to know from Renaissance, and while its not quite up to the level of Song Of Scheherazade and Mother Russia it comes pretty friggin close. From the get go you know this song is something special, the intro is so captivating i seriously cannot withhold swaying from side to side with a gay little grin, this song seriously moves me, and trust me that is rare for a dumb thrasher kid like me. About half through this epic the song breaks off into an instrumental section, which totally kicks ass, the bass and drums synchronize perfectly, like almost Rush level its that good. The only downside to this song i can think of is that it is too short, it always leaves me wanting more as it fades out, but then Trip to the Fair comes on afterwards so i cant complain.

Renaissance is one of the many overlooked progressive bands of the 1970s, Combining stellar musicianship, classical passages and the amazing Annie Haslam, the band struck gold. It sucks so little know of this masterpiece, like seriously there ARE other prog bands than Pink Floyd and Yes, and people need to learn that ***, and this is a good place to start your study. From here to Scheherazade and Other Stories, the band created truly classic albums so i suggest to you all reading this who havent heard their music, do yourself a favour and experience the Renaissance baby, you wont regret it.



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KILL
July 18th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

god i love this album

40th review dedicated to jethro thanks for showing me this great band brother

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

YankeeDudel
July 18th 2012



9311 Comments


My pops has Scheherazade on vinyl. We listened to it together a few years back. This chick has some pipes on her.

Digging: Soundtrack - Heavy Metal

KILL
July 18th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea she is amazing, check this album out too its almost as good as schehhegz

TheNotrap
July 18th 2012



8042 Comments


Sweet Kill.

Need to check this band one of these days.

Digging: Accept - Blind Rage

FictionalFlames
July 18th 2012



1516 Comments


KILL's on a roll.

KjSwantko
July 18th 2012



9277 Comments


Nice one bro.

MO
July 18th 2012



18522 Comments


fuck yes album rules

CaptainDooRight
July 18th 2012



28851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can die now

Jethro42
July 18th 2012



12391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers for the dedication, KILL. I'll try my best to review Turn of the Cards before you do, if only I had some more time in my hands. Posd and a happy 40th!

tarkus
July 18th 2012



5560 Comments


scheherazade is a stone cold 5

Jethro42
July 18th 2012



12391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And so is Turn of the Cards.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2012



20440 Comments


Great band. I need to listen to them more.

Good job KILL, pos'd.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2012



16135 Comments


Ah, very nice album. Nice to see you back to reviewing something true.

Dimor
July 18th 2012



1758 Comments


Sick album, 2nd best after scheherazade imo. Solid review

macadoolahicky
July 18th 2012



1835 Comments


First he's trollin, now he's rollin.

Wow, that reads lamer than I planned it to.

Gyromania
July 18th 2012



15503 Comments


"Can You Hear Me?" is my favourite Renaissance song.

KILL
July 18th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks jethro bro, i'll leave turn of the cards to progject, gyro have you heard this or scheherazade? that songs great but nothing on novella touches this, cards or schehdgftg imo

captain suck a dick

RunOfTheMill
July 18th 2012



1442 Comments


Will check out, looks very promising :3

KILL
July 18th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

anyone checkin it? anyone? satellite? sowing? jom?

KILL
July 18th 2012



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm goin out in style

hey jom check it you bitch



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