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MILLIONTOWN

Frost*

 

Neo-Prog

3.79 | 386 ratings

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poito
2 stars This album will probably leave the name of the band on you. Normally I would have made a short-and-easy review for this album, but the high ratings and lengthy comments deserve a counterpoint and analysis. It seems a sort of for-the-task project, but the formula apparently worked rather well spite of the overall lack of novelty and spotty inspiration. The tracks are highly varied, different styles, different design... different muses. That makes one to stay alert while listening, and this is not what one seeks in music, isn't it? You may be listening peacefully and quite of a sudden you'll be shocked a few times with "what's this doing here?". After a good opener, Hyperventilate, an orthodox instrumental with a revival air and a few modern elements, it follows a series of three fillers that can be skipped: first a strange track mixing styles and good at none; then Snow, a slow two-notes piano song that proposes less than little, followed by an insipid Michael Jackson style tech-Pop song called The Other Me (is this neo-prog?). Then we get to the core of this artificial album. The first is a 10 min track called Black Light Machine that bores to death till a guitar riff begins at about 3 min from start, nothing serious anyway, and then you go to sleep again wandering who's that awful singer that ruins your nap, till three mins later when the track tries to do something but doesn`t get anywhere. Was this terrible track really voted in the top 10 of the year in a Ducth prog page? Indeed, Netherlander Proggers are in utter need of affection! The closing 26 min Milliontown track is worth no more than 10 mins. A few passages scattered over a never-ending track. Sorry for the meddling, I can't share the views of five-stars-throwers in this: there is an impressive amount of great music out there as to confound the prog fans that have little money and time to waste. We all know that some music bagatelles are designed in the factory for the gullible consumers and should not be disclosed as all-time masterpieces. Let's be serious, one track and a few moments in other, that's all. There is some talent in the album, but also shameless design and planning. And with talent they could have planned a masterpiece, but this isn't one. Keep the opener and mins 18-23 of the closing track. 3 stars, one down for the shake of cosmic balance.
poito | 2/5 |

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