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ILE DE FIEVRES (FEVER ISLAND)

Shylock

 

Symphonic Prog

3.65 | 60 ratings

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kenethlevine
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1 stars Given my distaste for the histrionics of many French symphonic progressive vocalists, one might expect that an instrumental album from that country might have a better chance to score with me. To boot, Shylock does not go for overly flambuoyant instrumentation or dramatics in the arrangements. The flipside to the coin is that I am not a big fan of instrumental prog either. Cutting my teeth on mid 70s FM rock radio, music without vocals was largely left to the jazz or classical kingdoms, unless you were doing something quite exceptional like Mike Oldfield or Rick Wakeman. To this day, I consider wholly instrumental prog, as a rule, to be the product of laziness, in composition, arrangement, band recruitment, vocal talent, and concept. It's an excuse to eschew the whole premise of a song, and therefore the whole rock idiom by and large. Of course there are exceptions, but Shylock is in no way one of them. I cannot grasp anything in here - it's just shapeless symphonic music, perhaps improvised but it matters not, because synergy does not seem to be a strong suit for Shylock, to add to their many shortcomings. Sure I hear some Frippisms but so what? King Crimson knew how to please die-hards and wannabes alike, at least some of the time. A miserly album that isn't worth a pound of anything.
kenethlevine | 1/5 |

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