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BELIGHTED

Iamthemorning

 

Crossover Prog

3.85 | 367 ratings

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Argonaught
3 stars I am sorry, I will have to downgrade it to 3 stars, if not 2.

Back in 2012 iamthemorning, by magic or otherwise, won the "hearts and minds" of the PA folk. The "~ " album they made then was neither prog, nor good. I found it weak, bleak and palpably pretentious, but the people of PA spoke: it soared all the way to #2 on the 2012 chart.

The new album is better, but most of it is still barely prog and isn't too good. Gavin Harrison does make a lot of difference; pieces with his strong presence on are very good. The piano player Gleb is, once again, reasonably good, but not too thrilling. Overall, there is somewhat more texture and structure to the music than they had on the previous studio album.

What completely kills the joy for me is Marjana's voice; it would be suitable for a lo-fi indie endeavor, maybe for an ambient album, but for prog it's kind of important that the musicians, including vocalists, show a greater degree of talent. Having said that, she as a vocalist is not as irritating as Mr. Wilson.

You can listen to the songs on Bandcamp and judge for yourself, so there is no need for me to continue rambling :)

Three stars, and this still may go down to two.

Argonaught | 3/5 |

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