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The Syn


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.51 | 48 ratings

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3 stars To say that that The Syn is space rock seems is far fetched, I think. This has very little to do with psychedelic or space kind of rock. I do not know how they sounded back in the 60's but this is, sort of, now and not 1967. On the other hand I would definately say that this is highly competent, enjoyable and intriguing pop-prog in the sophisticated end of the stick. I would probably go for cross-over, on the basis of this album.

Chris Squire needs no introduction. His precense is evident due to the rumbling bass lines. That is a very endearing piece of the puzzle named The Syn. I come to think of bands like 10CC when hearing the some of the harmonies (as in "Reach outro"), Supertramp in the fine mannered approach to prog and pop. There are also traces of the rock music of Fleetwood Mac, I think. If one combines all these elements I think you will get a somewhat clear view of what the band sounds like.

Every song is very well crafted and leaves a sombre, mellow taste in the musical pallet. There are no huge outbursts of haard rock or anything in the manner of, say, Yes. Instead it is polished and pensive. Very emotional and beuatiful.

I came across this album in 2006 or something and I have been coming back ever since. It is not very complex but brilliant in it's seemingly accessible and easy-going attitude. I don't mean "easy- going" as in jolly, more in the sense that the musicians obviously are so talented that the music came to them easy enough. "Cathedral of love" is good example of The Syn's effort. A chorus- laden, little BIG song. It seems immense, now listening and reviewing. It is, literally, like standing in a cathedral, staring up into the dome and being showered with the blessing of Music. It is very impressive, actually. Another one of these great tracks is "Golden age", where Squire's rumbling really comes to the fore. I believe this is the song I have listened to the most. It is a very driven song, with a great pace and energetic flow.

You can't really pick out a song that is superior to the other in structure or manner of construction. Every song bears the experience and competence of it's makers. And still I find myself thinking that the album moght not be all that exciting and bold as I perhaps seem to make it. After all, the songs are similar to each other. I could have wished for more variation and tone. I mean, this is brilliant. These songs are not by some amateur, these are all professionals. Obviously it's great but I think one has to look at the entire picture to fully enjoy the scenery and I find myself less intrigued the longer it goes on. I do think that the album holds some truly amazing moments, I just wish something would bring me out of the hypnosis and back to life.

In conclusion I think that this is a good album, showing both a vigor and a vibrant tone but it fails to fully engulf me. Three stars.

GruvanDahlman | 3/5 |


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