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3 stars Music for a winter night

"A Time of Day" is the 2007 release from Anekdoten, one of the most favored progressive acts of the modern era. It features moods that are mostly in the darker and chillier realms, reminding me of forests and wintery landscapes. I enjoy a good deal of the album but still find it a bit hit and miss. The first two songs (The Great Unknown and 30 Pieces) along with the last track (Prince of the Ocean) were my winners. Draped in luminous mellotron and rolling drums the opener is a choice feast with some good guitar work as well. I love the odd drum beat and pacing of "30 Pieces" which features lovely flute work in the latter portion, really some nice stuff. The closer "Prince" is captivating as well with oodles of spellbinding mood and really nice contemplative guitar work. The emotions here just hang with you, cling to you as you listen. Some of the others were considerably less interesting to me, such as "Sky About to Rain" and "Stardust and Sand." Both felt uninspired and compositionally lackluster. Another problem is the suffocating production of this CD. I can't really describe what they did here but the album seems muffled or something, as if your speakers have thick quilts over them. I would certainly recommend Anekdoten fans judge for themselves but I cannot get beyond 3 stars for this release, good moments but hardly essential listening.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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