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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars The prevailing themes on this album are releationships and loneliness. A fairly melancholic record overall.

"Different" opens with reserved vocals and piano before we get some guest xaphoon. I've never heard of that instrument either. Sounds like a flute of some sort. The song picks up a minute in with strummed guitar. A full sound as drums come in before 2 minutes along with electric guitar. Probably my favourite song on the album. Emotional in every sense of the word. "Kinds Of Solitude At Night" features some guest zither from the same guy who played the xaphoon. By the way he's married to QUIDAM's former singer Emila who adds her backup vocals to this song. Cool. Some good contrasts in his one. Tasteful guitar before 5 minutes, organ joins in too. Another excellent track. "Depicting Colours Of Emotions" is pastoral as flute comes in then reserved vocals. It becomes fuller after 3 minutes. Love the guitar before 9 minutes that eventually wails.

"They Are There To Remind Us" is led by drums and vocals eventually. Not a fan of this one although the guitar, piano and drums sound great 5 1/2 minutes in. "Of Illusions" is uptempo to open but settles when the vocals arrive. The tempo continues to shift. I like the guitar 6 1/2 minutes in as the bass throbs. Not really a fan of this one though. "We Lost" is a top three track along with the first two songs. This one is mellow and atmospheric but it kicks in after a minute and i'm reminded of CAMEL. The vocals remind me of RIVERSIDE's Mr.Duda. Mellotron and flute in this one as well. Outstanding tune. "One Day We Find" is fairly powerful at times. I'm reminded of FLOYD 3 1/2 minutes in when it settles. "We Are Alone Together" and "Strong Together" end the album. I like the former but not the latter. The former is beautiful with fragile vocals and piano for the first 2 1/2 minutes then it turns atmospheric the rest of the way. Nice.

Half of this album is pretty amazing but not enough here for me to give it 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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