Fair to Midland
Fables From a Mayfly...


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by Cysquatch USER (3 Reviews)
September 24th, 2012 | 6 replies | 859 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you enjoy modern rock music of any kind, Fables from a Mayfly is sure to earn your hard earned money.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

While playing drums in a local metal band I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Fair to Midland on two occasions. At the time of the first show I was only freshly made aware of their existence so I had little familiarity with their music. However, by the time the second gig came around a few months later I had become captivated by this band’s brand of progressive/alternative rock. As clearly displayed on Fables from a Mayfly, Fair to Midland’s music is so rich and rewarding even your grandparents would have a hard time finding things to dislike.

Instead of taking on the technical versus accessible balancing act or squeezing their talent into a cookie-cutter radio rock mold; Fair to Midland focus their efforts on reconciling the creativity of each member so as to shape a diverse yet unified style. Fair to Midland don’t beat around the bush with their music. Their strength lies in crafting dense, hook-driven walls of sound that will stick in the listener’s brain like a bad idea and the way they accomplish this will push all the right buttons for any fan of rock music.

That isn’t to say that these guys are a one trick pony, though. As previously mentioned, each member has varied musical tastes and the listener is treated to the fruits of that lush diversity here. Gargantuan guitar riffs are married with soaring keyboard melodies, dazzling vocals mesh seamlessly with horn raising, head banging choruses and mellow drum grooves will often pave the way for it all. The astute listener will also find that Fables from a Mayfly is more nuanced then it may initially suggest as nearly every passage features layers of textural sounds to appreciate thanks to Matt Langley's work on the keys. While the level of exploration here may not be enough to appease those with a chronic itch for odd-time signatures, the expert blending of the band’s different elements keeps Fables from a Mayfly interesting without needing to wander instrumentally or explore directions that would otherwise mar the consistency of the experience.

Though formulaic on the surface, each song on Fables from a Mayfly is memorable and stands strong on its own merits. Thanks to superb instrumentation, clever songwriting and Darroh’s awe-inspiring vocal skill, rockers the world over will find little to complain about as this record spins for months at a time in their format of choice. Buy it and go to a live show for the best possible experience; Fair to Midland are not to be missed.


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Calc
September 24th 2012



12114 Comments


It could be a tad longer but this is a very good review. I'm going to press the Yes link for you.

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

Cysquatch
September 24th 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been awhile since I've done a review. Went with a more simplified (and shorter) approach compared to my first two reviews which were quite long. I wanted to do a more broad review of the album instead of getting bogged down in specific details or specific songs. I wanted it to be of use to someone who had never heard of this band or their previous material before.

Anyways, let me know what you think!

Cipieron
September 24th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a little short yeah, but a good review nonetheless.. POS'd

my fav album by my fav band



also what is your band's name? and when/where did you play with FtM?

Cysquatch
September 24th 2012



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback, guys.

Cipieron: Empyrean. We played with them in Orlando, Florida in August of last year and Cocoa, Florida in April of this year.

SgtShock
September 24th 2012



87 Comments


Aw man, was gonna go to that show too. Sucks I was broke

afergusonart
September 24th 2012



220 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Rating is almost right. Good review!



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