To Keep from Crying

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To Keep from Crying
Comus Crying.jpg
Studio album by
Genre Psychedelic folk, progressive rock, progressive folk
Label Virgin, Dawn
Producer Roger Chapman
Comus chronology
First Utterance
To Keep from Crying
Out of the Coma

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. [1]



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Review scores
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Allmusic's retrospective review praised the vocal arrangements and male/female harmonies of songs such as "Figure in Your Dreams" and "Perpetual Motion", and were even more endeared to "dark folk songs" such as "Touch Down", with its "ghostly children's chorus" and "cosmic synth tones". However, they criticized the Japanese issue of the album for editing "Waves and Caves" and "After the Dream" down to well under a minute each and concluded "The record is pretty good, but it has the misfortune of paling in the shadow of its nightmarish predecessor." [2]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Roger Wootton, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Down (Like a Movie Star)" Wootton4:06
2."Touch Down" Wootton4:45
3."Waves and Caves"Andy Hellabynone1:32
4."Figure in Your Dreams" Watson3:10
5."Children of the Universe" Wootton and Watson5:37
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."So Long Supernova" Wootton3:20
2."Perpetual Motion" Watson and Wootton4:07
4."Get Yourself a Man" Keith Hale Watson7:07
5."To Keep from Crying" Watson and Wootton5:27
6."After the Dream" none0:59


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  2. 1 2 Semprebon, Rolf. To Keep from Crying at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-19.