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3.46 | 120 ratings

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3 stars From the first listen it was apparent that this is a very good album. No, I don't feel it's excellent. And I certainly don't feel it's poor. It's just very good.

At first, I immediately likened it to Spock's Beard's latest release, "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep". In fact, I really thought it sounded a lot like that album. As it turns out, it's the same vocalist! Ted Leonard of Enchant sings on the latest SB album, too! But not just that. As I stated in my review of the SB album, the songs are very much in the contemporary rock vein but with extended instrumental sections for showcasing solo ability and some prog- infused musical passages. This album is nearly a twin brother.

As we are looking at very song-oriented rock music, one shouldn't expect a prog extravaganza. Most of the songs have some additional flair of prog sensitivity; however, they are very much well-composed, well-written, and well- executed rock songs with that something extra that makes them more than just mainstream.

The double album with a bonus disc is a very nice way to get into this band because the extra disc is a compilation of songs from their previous albums. I have found it is not easy or cheap to get some of Enchant's older releases, so this disc is a welcome bonus indeed. Furthermore, the digipak comes like a nice hardcover book with each CD on an inside cover and a booklet of song lyrics, album credits and extra artwork. It looks really stunning and I have to think that these beautiful digipaks are the CD answer to the gatefolds of vinyl albums.

An album recommended for fans of Spock's Beard's less adventurous music. Very good music. Nothing mind-blowing unless you are new to prog but, well, very good! Four stars on a good day. Three stars plus a little on any other day.

FragileKings | 3/5 |


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