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SHINY EYED BABIES

Bent Knee

 

Crossover Prog

4.14 | 170 ratings

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Alucard Draco
5 stars Before I start, this album is five stars, an undeniable five stars! The problem I have when reviewing albums is that I only get albums that have been highly recommended before hand or I have a personal place in my musical mind of which I may listen to albums that are only rated three stars but to me they are five easily (The Inconsolable Secret: Glass Hammer) - I wonder why it is so lowly rated when considering the quality of this masterpiece, but anyway Shiny Eyed Babies, yet another five, for a simple reason "it is entering a new realm of musical possibilities". Rogerthat's recent review has opened up a treasure chest of new sounds and when two more of my favourite and passionate reviewers fell out of the Prog Chest as well (Mellotron Storm and Brufordfreak) and the average ratings for this album which were extremely high - then somethings up.

As I read the reviews and then bought the album immediately and played it, I began to wonder what are the boundaries in music and is there a limit to this magic and pure emotional hobby. In books and films there maybe a possible limit but music I think can go beyond all expectations and just silence someone in pure wonder with the thought "now have we reached the limit!". I thought this about previous albums like pretty much all of Magma's, most of Glass Hammers and Big Big Trains for example and ones I have reviewed previously on this site like Birds and Building's etc. So I am listening to Bent Knee's 2014 album and I am just having goosebumps from being struck by a multitude of melodies which I can't physically do anything apart from just listening in disbelief (this happens a lot with Progressive Music), but this time I can't think of how I can tell someone about this album in a way to people who don't know how far the boundaries of music can be pushed! Though this not the first time - try explaining Deluge Granders: August in the Urals to someone who listens to more of a mainstream type of music.

The review's of this album on this page is a breakdown of the individual songs and they are not wrong, I listen to the voice of Courtney Swain and hear such raw passion and emotion and the individual highly skilled musicians backing her and in my music mind I come to the conclusion that music is one of the only mediums which like the Universe - seems endless in scope, experimentation and imagination. I am simply dumbstruck by this album and I know that even when I am old of age, good music will always reach far far further than any other wonderful films', books, games etc.

So thank you to this site yet again and Bent Knee for doing the impossible but what seems a common trend in Progressive music and making a mortal life that more enjoyable and knowing there is still a lot lot more to come from the realms of the musical treasure chest of Universal quality sounds of celestial wonder.

Alucard Draco | 5/5 |

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