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4 stars When I see the ratings for Anekdoten albums on PA, I must be one of the few that started to be charmed by their work with From Within.

And since this album is in the vein of its very good predecessor, it is all logical that I will appreciate Gravity. Especially the first two songs. Manolith is a fantastic opener which sets the pace. One thing is for sure : Anna Sofi is fabulous on the mellotron. She adds so much depth to their music; a great contribution for sure. Tortured guitar and great drumming.

Do I really need to say anything about Ricochet? A gorgeous mellotron intro and a sad mood reminds me of Echo & The Bunnymen if you would take out the mellotron of course. The Bunnymen were one of the few excellent bands from the eighties. So influential. Actually Manolith has such an indefinite savour as well.

What Should But Did Not Die is a melancholic song which PT could have written. And I have the same feeling during the psychedelia of SW4. And I am just found of these guitar notes during the title track. Stripped down riffs, cold, dark. And again, when the sublime mellotron comes in, it is an enchantment. A very powerful song. A beautiful one. One of the highlights (together with Manolith and Ricochet).

And even if The Games We Play is dull; it is the only weak song from this album (and the shortest one as well). The icy beauty of the closing number should also please the fans of their earlier work. It is the most Crimsonesque piece of music of this very good album. Hypnotic guitar and very solid rhythmic section. Another highlight.

Four stars for Gravity which is much more accessible than their early albums.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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