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Pain Of Salvation


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4.41 | 325 ratings

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5 stars Pain of Salvation - 12:5 5 stars

One of the extremely few live albums I own and for good reason.

This album is an entire acoustic set but more importantly, all of the songs preformed were reworked making this more then just the average 'unplugged' album, or a live album for that matter. The production and quality of the album is also superb that one can believe this was done in a studio if it wasn't for the screaming audience after every track. The vocals stick out especially.but I'm not really focusing on Daniel since we all know the talent he possesses in his voice. Kristoffer and both of the Langell's give some great backing vocals to show that everyone is seriously contributing everything they have into this effort.

This is a concept album of sorts but I don't quite get what exactly the message is, but I trust in Daniel's idea of concepts after the prior two masterpieces. Anyways, the concept is broken into 3 'books' called 'Genesis', 'Genesister' and 'Genesinister'.

'Gensis' and Genesinister' seems to me just to excerpts from about 5 to 6 songs each that build up into one cohesive work. The middle book Genesister is a collection of full tracks like 'Winning A War', 'Reconciliation', 'Dryad of the Woods', 'Oblivion Ocean', 'Undertow' and 'Chainsling'.

It is pretty simple describing what you are going to get on this album. Some might say this album is just an acoustic set that is redone, stripping the beauty of the original work. Others might find this to be another display of art, the ability to change ones work while keeping the same affect and thinking about doing something outside the box. Call this album a love it or hate it if you will. I am on the love it side; I applaud this kind of work and achievement. Regarding purchasing this album, I believe the listener should be very familiar with this band before trying this and then secondly, trusting my judgment.

An essential live album.

ProgBagel | 5/5 |


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