October Project

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
During their three years with Sony Music, October Project released two recordings of gothic MOR before being dropped by the label and disbanding. This self-titled debut is just slightly rawer than its successor, but fans of October Project's dark, melodic attempts at poetic rock will definitely approve of the 1993 release's lush collection of mid-tempo goth pop. Sounding like Stevie Nicks and Peter Steel's lovechild, singer Mary Fahl powers the band with her deep, haunting voice, and fast vibrato. Fahl is a completely unique artist, sounding like no other vocalist of her era. Fans of female contemporaries especially Fiona Apple might want to check out October Project ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
During their three years with Sony Music, October Project released two recordings of gothic MOR before being dropped by the label and disbanding. This self-titled debut is just slightly rawer than its successor, but fans of October Project's dark, melodic attempts at poetic rock will definitely approve of the 1993 release's lush collection of mid-tempo goth pop. Sounding like Stevie Nicks and Peter Steel's lovechild, singer Mary Fahl powers the band with her deep, haunting voice, and fast vibrato. Fahl is a completely unique artist, sounding like no other vocalist of her era. Fans of female contemporaries especially Fiona Apple might want to check out October Project just to hear Fahl's smoky vocal approach. In what was a rather strange band lineup, Fahl sang lyrics written by non-musician and wife October Project keyboardist/songwriter Emil Adler Julie Flanders. It isn't that unusual for a band to look outside its own ranks for material, but rarely will a songwriter or especially a lyricist receive equal billing as the musicians -- especially without significant prior credits and with fairly modest abilities. Flanders' new age rhyming was October Project's weakest link with its tiring and predictable imagery. Especially agitating is the near-constant naturalist references to the sun, the rain, the distant miles of desert, etc....To craft her symbolism, the lyricist simply matches a natural element with the particular experiencial phase that the ever-present "you" and "I" of her vague relationship poetry are dealing with: good times sun, bad time rain, emotional distant why, distant miles of dry desert, of course. That's not to suggest that all the romantic mysticism doesn't occasionally hit the mark. Memorable tracks like "Return to Me" and "Take Me As I Am" do overcome their sticky language with lush melodies and professional performances. The trick to enjoying October Project is to simply not take it nearly as seriously as it takes itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972408521
  • Catalog Number: 724085
  • Sales rank: 7,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bury My Lovely (4:00)
  2. 2 Ariel (3:08)
  3. 3 Where You Are (4:34)
  4. 4 A Lonely Voice (4:21)
  5. 5 Eyes of Mercy (3:35)
  6. 6 Return to Me (4:17)
  7. 7 Wall of Silence (4:32)
  8. 8 Take Me as I Am (4:37)
  9. 9 Now I Lay Me Down (3:23)
  10. 10 Always (3:50)
  11. 11 Paths of Desire (4:33)
  12. 12 Be My Hero (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
October Project Primary Artist
Emil Adler Keyboards, Vocals
Marina Belica Keyboards, Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Mary Fahl Vocals
Julie Flanders Cymbals, finger cymbals
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Kenny Greenberg Guitar
Jim Grosjean Viola
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Lee Larrison Violin
Ted Madsen Violin
Bob Mason Cello
Michael Rhodes Bass
David Sabatino Guitar, Vocals
Urbano Sanchez Percussion
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Liz Stewart Bass, Double Bass
Alan Umstead Viola
Catherine Umstead Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Technical Credits
Emil Adler Composer, Musical Director
Paul Byrne Composer
Chad Cromwell Programming, drum programming
Julie Flanders Composer
Jay Healy Engineer
Blair Masters Arranger, String Arrangements
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Glenn Rosenstein Producer
Nicky Lindeman Art Direction
Nancy Sacks Artwork
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Beyond Words

    I cannot use words to describe how this music has touched me over the years. I have two copies of this cd. I have one at home and one in my car. The music is ageless and touches the human heart to which all can identify. Mary Fahl's voice is like no other. She is by far my most favorite female artist. I strongly recommend October Project and Mary Fahl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent album

    I lost this album a few years back. I missed it so much I have to order one from B&N. This is one of the best albums ever produced. The musci and harmony were wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    This is one of the most wonderful CD's I have ever listened to. Mary Fahl's enchanting voice is unlike any other and would be well worth buying for only that reason. However, October Project's music goes far beyond Fahl's incredible talent and the result is a very wonderful and uplifting experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harmonies and rhythms move the soul

    October Project is a dynamic musical expression of driving rhythms and harmonies that simply catch your ear and make you want to listen to each piece over and over again. One is drawn to the musical expressions of the lyrics. At various times the vocal interplay can bring you to tears. A high quality CD from a group that regrettably no longer sings together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking

    The biggest disappointment I've found in discovering the Celtic/goth/techno/alternative music of October Project was learning of their demise following their second cd, ''Falling Farther In'' Vocals that call to mind Nico and the Velvet Underground, haunting melodies as complex as anything from Loreena McKennitt...gorgeous stuff. This cd is an instant classic, one to make friends with and listen to in those distinctly good and distinctly bad moments of your life.

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