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CATCH WITHOUT ARMS

Dredg

 

Crossover Prog

3.47 | 119 ratings

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stonebeard
4 stars Beautiful Music

That short phrase sums it up almost perfectly in my mind. People have come to expect a bit more out of reviews, so I'll explain a bit. Catch Without Arms at the time of this review is the only dredg albm I have, so I can't compare it to El Cielo or Leitmotif, but I will say it is one of he most inspiring and uplifting albums I own.

The basic tone is fairly aggressive, with it's fair share of peaks and valleys with volume waivering thinly between hushed, melodic verses and sing-along choruses hardly rivaled throughout the rest of my album collection. All of the songs on Catch Without Arms are all driven by a easily identifiable and dredg-specific guitar tone you will become very familar with throughout the album. This tone leads the charge in the momentum of the album, and I've come to love it.

The simple majesty of Catch Without Arms is best displayed in the album-closer "Matroshka (The Ornament)," which contains all of the best elements present: catchy and warm guitar lines and a chorus that brings a smile across my face every time. Highlights can be a bit hard to sort out on this album, as the songs feel interconnected musically without being so most of the time. Other than the ending song, "Ode to the Sun," "Catch Without Arms," "Not that Simple," and "Spitchine" are my favorite songs.

I am seriously considering raising the rating to a perfect 5 stars because of the great feelings I associate with Catch Without Arms, but I'm holding back for now. The music is top-notch in the realm of alternative rock, but the small amount of variation sonically between the songs may turn off some people. dredg created a sound on this album I will always relate to them, and they fleshed it out a lot, perhaps to its limits.

stonebeard | 4/5 |

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