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THE ROOT, THE LEAF & THE BONE

Manning

 

Eclectic Prog

3.80 | 59 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars A very difficult album to review, this one. After no less than 4 masterpieces in a row, I was not that excited when I listened to this new Manning CD. So I decided to wait a little longer and listen some more so I could give it more chances. But, alas, my first impression didnīt change much. Donīt get me wrong: this is a very fine work. As usual youīll get a lot of 70īs references and sounds, tasteful arrangements, a near perfect modern production, stunning performances and lots of good melodies. It is just that those songs didnīt captivate me with the same power as his previous works.

There are no real lows, but also neither there are anything that stood out as well. Like if a little something is missing, you know? Maybe a more uptempo tune of sorts? Something simpler and more direct? On the other hand, all tracks are of merit and have good moments. Some are excellent like Old School. I really canīt put my finger on it.

Maybe I was expecting too much, specially after the ambitious and more symphonic Margaretīs Children. I still like The Root, The Leaf & The Bone a lot, but clearly this change of musical direction didnīt strike a chord with my tastes as much as Number Ten (2009) for exemple. Maybe next time. However, even if I didnīt appreciated it that much I still do recommend you listen to this CD carefully. Manning is one of those rare cases when an artist so prolific never released a bad album.

Final rating: 3.5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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