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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.68 | 211 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars Handsomely crafted, emotive, and lush with genuine beauty, Schoolyard Ghosts encapsulates everything No-Man fans should expect from this rare duo in a package eager for discovery by new listeners.

Songs here are mostly mid-length with much variety, but all drift with gentle ease and ambiance. Browness' smooth voice croons out a few memorable melodies, but in general sticks to melancholy serenades. His voice isn't for everyone, but for those seeking something relaxing will be greatly rewarded. Similar to the excellent Together We're Stranger, Schoolyard Ghosts abandons pop-sensibilities seen in the group's early work for more mature, thoughtful compositions. Somewhat repetitive, but rewarding after multiple listens simply for the sake of discovering the many layers of music hidden in the ambiance. Returning fans will notice lots of new sounds and experimentation as well.

For No-Man neophytes looking this way via interest in Steven Wilson, then this album is a good starting place. His instrumental work shines throughout as well-- for me exceeding the artistry he's been demonstrating lately with Porcupine Tree (just don't expect any solos).

As a fan of the heavy-stuff, music like is essential to round out my musical palette. It's perfect for relaxing, thinking, romancing, etc., and a good place to investigate the group. Expect plenty of gentle, smooth sounds.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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