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Crossover Prog

4.12 | 485 ratings

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Chris S
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3 stars This 2007 release whilst not as complete as their follow up album Tick Tock still is a highly impressive work. The theme here is sleep and dreams. The album opens with epic Dream Of Stone, a seventeen minute magnum opus. It is minimalist and has a really hypnotic beat, occasionally building to a climax before subsiding again. The drum beat rarely disappearing save for Mikael Kromer's fine violin work. Ohme does not stretch his vocals too much on this album which results in a relatively even tempo throughout Night. I do believe the band were still experimenting with their sound which is only natural and the only negative I find here is that there is no major risk taking here whether that be the vocals and musical contributions. That being said, the repetition works ( reference Mike Oldfield) and here gain Gazpacho use it to the maximum of their ability especially on the opening track. " Chequered Light Building" is pleasant but mostly non descript as is " Valerie's friend " but " Upside Down" is 10 minutes of melancholic brooding bliss and here Ohme really does deliver in the vocals department. The closer " Massive Illusion" is nice enough but again not really testing the ears and blends in well with the rest of the album. I think three and a half stars is a fair rating for Night. It is a slow burner as well which always adds value to any great piece of music and perhaps gives a clear indication of even finer work to come.
Chris S | 3/5 |


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