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THE FINAL BREATH BEFORE NOVEMBER

Edison's Children

 

Neo-Prog

3.96 | 224 ratings

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saulman
4 stars Having been a member of this site for many years, this release has prompted me to write my first review....

What makes a great prog album? That's a question that will be debated until the end of time as people fight their corner, in line with their personal musical tastes. For me, the answer is in the description, with the emphasis on the word 'album'. From start to finish, an album has to grab your interest and hold it until the very end, whilst taking you on a fabulous musical journey in between. At the end, you're happy to press play again. For me, first and foremost, that's what makes a great prog album.

With their second release, 'The Final Breath Before November', Edison's Children have created such an album and the journey it takes you on is as haunting and atmospheric as it is beautifully crafted. Their first release was great, with some wonderful songs but this, in my view, has taken them to a new level. The sound is stronger, the music more powerful and the overall feel is much, much darker. There are hints of Pink Floyd and Marillion, even Timothy Pure, but make no mistake, this is a unique sound in many ways, ..at least to my ears.

I could go into each track and dissect the album piece by piece but what would be the point in that? Taste is subjective and the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Also, when you have a 13 part song that's over an hour long and an album in itself, you need to hear it. If you like your albums long, dark and consistently well crafted, give this a listen. 2013 has been a great year for some excellent albums and I'm certain that I'll still be listening to Airbag, Hibernal and Cosmografs releases decades from now. However, Edison's Children have surprised me here with what I would consider to be the best release of the year. For me, this is the icing on the cake of what has been a wonderful year for new release music. Excellent stuff.

saulman | 4/5 |

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