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Thieves' Kitchen


Eclectic Prog

3.63 | 89 ratings

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3 stars I don't know what it is lately with me but my to be reviewed albums are full of doubt cases between 3 and 4 star ratings. And here's another one. Thieves Kitchen was unknown to me before not too long but thanks to a high rating at the time I bought it and the fact it was still in the neo (???) category by then made me decide to buy it. If it would have been in eclectic at that point I probably wouldn't have so there we are with the significance of subgenres: it can guide you in the right direction if the band is rightly placed. But this one wasn't so in the end it was a mistake but here we are and we'll review it anyway.

I remember first time I played it, it was a combination of being disappointed and slightly overwhelmed too because there was also some sheer beauty detectable. As so often I will review the songs one by one with short description to make up my mind for the rating.

1. As I so often said in other reviews, I usually like the longest songs on an album best but not this time. There are too many dissonants in this one, no fluent melodies here and therefore this one fall short for me, 3*

2. One of the shorter songs, some strange singing in the beginning, later turns in more beautiful vocals. Not a great song either, 2,75*

3. Chameleon is much better, this is one of those songs that grow on you more and more and so it works on me, Amy Darby sings beautiful here. 3,75*

4. Om Tare is the heaviest and fastest track on the album, Thieves Kitchen proves here they are very capable with these. 3,5*

5. Tacenda for you is a longish track with just as in the epical opener there are lots of dissonants in this one. Good guitar at the end saves the song a bit. 3*

6. This is my personal highlight, what a beautiful laid back song this is ! Amy's performance is truly incredible here, very enchanting track. 4*

7. Plaint is a very short lovely track but doesn't get the chance to blossom, 3,25*

8. The title track is another highlight but not as brilliant as the 6th track. Very worthy closer of a very interesting album. 3,75*

I noticed with the other reviews that it's a like or hate album although there are also quite some 3 star ratings. And that's what I have in mind as well all things considered. The dissonants are too much for my ears, constantly longing for straightforward melodies. But there are some very nice songs as well, so I still recommend it for most proggers.

progrules | 3/5 |


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