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GRAVITY

Anekdoten

 

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3.82 | 209 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars Gravity is the fourth studio album from Swedish progressive rock act Anekdoten. I was very impressed with their previous album From Within which I felt was a shift towards a more emotional style compared to their two first very King Crimson Red era influenced albums Vemod and Nucleous which emphasised complex playing and dissonant riffing over emotional pathos IMO.

The music on Gravity continues in the emotional style that was started on From Within but adds an alternative rock touch and a bit more commercial appeal to the overall sound. Many reviewers donīt enjoy this development in Anekdotenīs sound as they feel that the band is moving further and further away from the conventional progressive approach. While this may be true the music on Gravity is still far from ordinary commercial alternative rock. The dark mood and the famous extensive use of mellotron are still trademarks in Anekdotenīs sound on Gravity. The vocal melodies have become slightly more memorable, but they are still far from commercial rock melodies.

There are some really great songs on Gravity. I really enjoy the opener Monolith, What Should But Did Not Die and the beautiful and dark title track. Ricochet is probably the most commercial song Anekdoten had made up until Gravity, but itīs still a beautiful and great song. The War Is Over opens new territory while the two closing songs The Games We Play and the instrumental Seljak are both great songs. The only song which I feel is a bit below average is SW4, but that one might grow on me in time.

The musicianship is excellent. Emotional playing and unique vocal performances makes this album stand out.

The production is the most modern and alternative rock sounding production Anekdoten has had so far. Some will like this, some will not. I enjoy the sound.

Despite what many others feel I think Gravity is a great album. I think Gravity falls into the same alternative rock/ progressive rock catagory as Bloodflowers from The Cure and Last Fair Deal Gone Down by Katatonia and people who enjoy music that falls somewhere between those genres will greatly enjoy Gravity. 4 stars are well deserved for this excellent album.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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