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Pell Mell


Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 27 ratings

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2 stars This is not really a fine offering from this German band. Their output reached a remarkable quality level so far (this is their fourth album). Even if I preferred their debut album, each one of the follow-up can be considered as good albums (in my standards).

When you listen to "Countdown" the symphonic yet simple structure shines. The violin play is very much "Kansas" oriented, but this is not the major problem of this album. The pastoral and peaceful "Daydreamer" is probably not a masterpiece of prog music, but the overall melancholic mood and a fine melody are quite welcome. The medieval atmosphere rendered by the smooth fluting is another fine part.

The title track features extremely weak and mellow vocals; which is a pity since the instrumental breaks are quite well organized. But the soul aspect that has to be endured is rather hard to bear. In comparison, Pell Mell sounds good while "Across The Universe" starts. This is some hard-rocking tune which is not really a band's highlight. They are mixing these hard influences with some very average vocals and honestly, this track leads nowhere.

The classic inspired "Disillusion" is one of the best moment from this album, but when it is compared to "Rhapsody" or "From The New World" it sounds very pale and dull. The vocal department is again on a very, very weak side.

This album is by far their weakest IMHHO. While I was rather enthusiast about their first three releases (especially their great debut one), my feeling here is very close to the utterly boredom. There are lots of mellowish and dull parts in here ("Trailors." for instance but not only). A song as "Phoebus. "holds both some superb symphonic parts but they are combined with some weak vocals and popish sounds as well.

In all, this album is just average IMO. I feel sorry for this because I was used to a better performance from "Pell Mell". I will double the premonitory title of this album...Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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