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Post Rock/Math rock

4.11 | 47 ratings

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5 stars The only negative thing about Jakob was the long hiatus between their previous album, Solace, and this album, but boy was it worth the wait. One of the finest post-rock albums I have had the pleasure of hearing. The opener "Blind them With Science" is among the highlights, continuing the type of sound found on Solace, whereby drummer Jason Johnston is almost the lodestone, providing the underlying pulse and foundation on which the other two members can create - a canvas, if you will. The album as a whole, however, finds Jakob going a bit more minimalist, abstract, and ambient than their previous recordings, and this approach finds its most extreme instantiation in the title track, where drums are absent, ending the album with a mystical ambient drone which gradually builds up layers upon layers, almost like an orchestra gradually swelling. In between the aforemention tracks is plenty to admire and be swept up in, from the beautiful ballads "Emergent" and "Darkness" to the sweeping majesty of "Magna Carta", "Resolve", and "Harmonia". The entire album is captivating and engrossing from start to finish. Initially I was unsure that the wonderful Solace could be bested but these gentlemen have done it again. When I find myself in the mood for post-rock/ambient I inevitably reach for this record. Highest possible recommendation.
Padraic | 5/5 |


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