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Boud Deun


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.70 | 23 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. It's a crime this album has so few reviews. BOUD DEUN existed from 1994-1998, and during that time they played live constantly. So when they got to this their final album they were as tight as Dean Martin on a Saturday night. There are so many passages here that are pure bliss. The soundscape is often thunderous with the mind numbing bass and drum work. While the guitarist and violinist are like lightning flashing across the sky as they light it up. I don't think there is any question that this band was one of the best in the USA during the later half of the nineties. After the first two tracks we get the "Churches" suite a 16 song 38 minute adventure. A lot of these songs blend together. The cover art is cool with the cartoon picture of a boy on his bike smiling. There is actually a cartoon in the liner notes that's kind of cute.The music is anything but cute.

"Waterford" really establishes what this band is all about right off the bat. Lots of tempo changes with violin throughout. The heaviness thunders in and out, and the guitar sounds incredible. Check out the drumming as well. "Ralis" is an uptempo song with violin and drums leading the way. The bass is killer ! Some ripping guitar 2 minutes in.The rest of the way is the "Churches" suite beginning with "Belfast" which has such a full and solid sound. "Saints" has some quiet, eerie calm sections while the middle of the song is powerful with a louder and stronger sound. "Cotton's Sermon" has a fantastic sound ! The guitar melodies are amazing ! This song blends into the next one "Ten Pence" which features some great drum and guitar work. The guitar is replaced by the violin. "Burnsville" is another highlight. Time changes abound. They can stop and start on a dime. Check out the bass after a minute. Blistering guitar 2 1/2 minutes in.

"The Last Of A Thousand Days" features violin and guitar trading solos and they both sound great. Bass also takes a turn. This guy can play ! The drums sound really good on "A Famous Rabbit". "Lantern Effect" is uptempo with some scorching violin and guitar melodies. "Train, Rain, Zero" has a heavy intro before settling down quickly. This is a tasteful, intricate track. "A Horseshoe Invasion / A Church In York" is one of my favourites. It speeds up and then slows down. Things get crazy 3 1/2 minutes in, you have to hear this. An amazing sound follows. "Broken Spokes" is a nice relaxing tune as they slow things down. The guitar and violin add some passion though.The song becomes more powerful after 4 minutes. Some impressive guitar lights it up late. "Two Worlds" is the longest song at almost 6 minutes. Light drums and mournful violin as some nice bass work follows. The song becomes more aggressive before relaxing again 3 1/2 minutes in. Some nice heavy drums 4 minutes in as the guitar grinds it out. Nice.

This is the perfect marriage of top notch playing with some great compositions. They certainly went out with a bang.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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