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7 out of 10
The James Warner Prophecies have confused me - first of all, there's no one called James Warner in the band, and secondly, instruments like the flute and mandolin really shouldn't fit in to this hard rock folk music, but they do, and they do it well.
The three track EP, named Sing is full of quirky instrumentation, impressive vocals and powerful folk tunes.
Sing has a catchy side to it, with a possessive flute line, and a rousing sing-along chorus at the end. I was settling in for a cosy listening experience, when all of a sudden, my ears were filled with what can only be described as Crosby, Stills and Nash doing Metallica in 'Mandolin Song'. this is brilliant! Everything considered, this really shouldn't work, but The James Warner Prophecies pull it off with ease and grace.
'Have Yourself a Good night' crosses more in to the hard folk side of things, which is a genre that I assume is rarely exploited.
The band have mixed synths, violins, mandolins, flutes and standard band instruments to provide something fun, tongue in cheek, and yet, still equally as impressive.
2. Mandolin Song
3. Have Yourself a Good Night