The Echoing Green – In Scarlet & Vile: It’s not easy being green when you’re seeing red and feeling blue.

2011_TheEchoingGreen_InScarletandVileArtist: The Echoing Green
Album: In Scarlet & Vile
Year: 2011
Grade: B+

In Brief: A strong comeback for an underground favorite of mine who had been gone for far too many years. The Special Edition’s worth the extra expense.

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The Best of the Ought Nots, Part II: 61-80

Picking up where I left off in Part I… this is still the best of the “B plus” material from the last decade.
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Divad’s Soundtrack #51: July-August 2004

In the summer of 2004, I began to set plans in motion to take hold of the future I really wanted for myself and Christine. Slightly hampering those plans: A few sudden, unexpected financial difficulties. It was demoralizing at first, but I was beginning to believe quite strongly in the value of delayed gratification.

In with the New:
Modest Mouse

Out with the Old:
The Echoing Green

It Was Worth a Try:
Hoobastank
Neal Morse

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https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/0RkowuQZmOu2E18vISyEh8
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/4J0N5x1kZeyE3PaCm16bcK

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Divad’s Soundtrack #50: May-June 2004

I was really high on life when I made this mix. While it isn’t without the usual aggressive, angsty, and melodramatic material, I feel like there was a conscious scaling back on that side of things to allow more room for the wistful, romantic stuff. That’s what best represented how I was feeling at the time.

In with the New:
Joe Henry
Ron Sexsmith
Something Like Silas
Sufjan Stevens

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/44QOXOtqWhlTY0KuQMyBz6
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/4RevSxs99DMoyI7ti7JmcT

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Divad’s Soundtrack #49: March-April 2004

The spring of 2004 found us settling into a comfortable groove. Christine and I went on hikes together, attended our fair share of concerts, and in general just came to love the rhythm of our lives. Life wasn’t without its challenges, but for the most part, we had attained the stability I had spent most of 2003 longing for.

In with the New:
Falling Up
Abra Moore

Out with the Old:
Dave Matthews (as a solo artist – appears later with Dave Matthews Band)
Avalon

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/25ptkmMDXErMpwREhKQYWz
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/2SZxcAQWVZjLoAobsW5Mdl

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Divad’s Soundtrack #48: January-February 2004

I felt like the year 2004 began with a renewed sense of certainty. Its earliest months are memorable to me and Christine for our first real experiences of traveling together. Whether alone or with a group of people, I learned that she’s a really good travel buddy.

In with the New:
Eastmountainsouth
Maroon5
Christine Denté (as a solo artist – appears previously with Out of the Grey)
Sleeping at Last

Out with the Old:
Vertical Horizon
Ashley Cleveland
ZOEgirl

It Was Worth a Try:
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Kutless

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/4l9zsMx8KXrsMeaNQBP8QK
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/3Kky3DM1zv6aiYY8JJgdyO

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Divad’s Soundtrack #38: May-June 2002

June 3, 2002 was when I made my second trip out to Hawaii – the first to visit Christine. It was during that trip that we shared our first kiss and became an “official” couple. Consequently, this mix always feels like it’s spilling over with anticipation and giddy feelings whenever I listen to it.

In with the New:
Alanis Morissette
Jeff Deyo (as a solo artist – appears previously with SonicFlood)
David Crowder Band

Out with the Old:
Margaret Becker

It Was Worth a Try:
Máire Brennan

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/7tfIbAvFEIxyw33jZ4XEcl
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/52Ed1ndSGHQMRFdZSz7HVk

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