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  • Summary: The third album for Jon Brooks under The Advisory Circle name continues the 1970's vibe with synthesizer music.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 31, 2011
    All told, this is arguably The Advisory Circle's most fully-realised set to date (accompanied by a typically eye-catching sleeve by Ghost Box's in-house designer, Julian House), exhibiting a stronger sense of (dis)place(ment) than before and, as such, constitutes the perfect entry point for anyone looking for a way into Brooks' enchanting, wistful realm.
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    Whatever your feelings on the swing in direction, As the Crow Flies is without doubt Jon Brooks' strongest set yet, likely to win the label more attention than its celebrity fans have already (even the famous felt uncomfortable in chemistry).
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    Mostly there's a strong sense of discovery, of someone attempting to make sense of their surroundings, with Brooks cast as a voyager trampling through vast stretches of the British countryside, crisp leaves crinkling underfoot as he expertly funnels everything he sees and feels into song.
  4. Brooks' explorations of these spaces between childhood whimsy and a vague, threatening sense of looming danger are always worthwhile excursions, and his latest album is no exception.
  5. The Wire
    Dec 5, 2011
    As the Crow flies has a folkier feel than previous advisory circle releases. [Sep 2011, p.50]
  6. Mojo
    Aug 30, 2011
    As the Crow Flies feels like a more personal work. Both a soundtrack to dreamlike childhood summers and an imagined government guide to the cycles of the seasons, complete with liner notes by historian and folklorist Ronald Hutton. [Sep 2011, p.101]