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Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red Sun CD (album) cover


Red Sparowes


Post Rock/Math rock

3.38 | 37 ratings

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3 stars Finally as that blazing sun shone down upon us did we know that true enemy was the voice of blind idolatry; and only then did we begin to think for ourselves (..and that's just one of the track titles!)

This is the second album by Los Angeles based Red Sparowes. While hardly a supergroup as such, the band members have all been in other similar bands previously, including Isis, Neurosis, Angel Hair and Pleasure Forever.

While the lengthy narrative titles may hint at some sort of literary commitment, the music is pure instrumental post rock of the type expounded by EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY and MOGWAII. There is a certain inevitability about the pounding repetitive guitars and building themes which almost reach their crescendos before falling back for the next attack. The feel generally has a slightly more metal edge that that of their peers, although Greg Burns pedal steel does offer a slight variance from the standard post rock fare.

Seven of the eight tracks are lengthy affairs, cumulating in the 11 minute "Like the howling glory..". Here, there is marginally but noticeably more adventure in the lead guitar work, which veers dangerously close to soloing at times.

For those seeking the traditional prog of the 1970's, music such as this will seem remote and unfamiliar. Ironically, it is probably closest to some of the output of bands such as TANGERINE DREAM, except that the multiple synthesisers are replaced here by multiple guitars. Thus the music has an ambience which makes it relaxing rather than stimulating.

When it comes to post rock, which appears to be gaining rapid popularity, Red Sparowes are certainly accomplished in their field. Rightly or wrongly, the style does come across as easy to compose and easy to play offering a means of success to bands of limited ability. This tends to be accentuated by the clumsy drumming style which seems to be a constant characteristic of many post rock albums.

An enjoyable if unremarkable album.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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