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Twelfth Night - Smiling At Grief...Live CD (album) cover

SMILING AT GRIEF...LIVE

Twelfth Night

 

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3.18 | 17 ratings

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Warthur
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3 stars This is a soundboard recording from the Smiling At Grief tour, and very much captures Twelfth Night as a band still trying to adjust from the shift from being an all-instrumental group to incorporating a vocalist. Geoff Mann does a decent job as the new boy, but the set list is clearly still being refined and developed, and the concert unfortunately suffers from a few technical hitches (such as Brian Devoil's snare drum giving out) which means they aren't at their best.

The mix is off at points as well - the major offender here being the version of Sequences, where Geoff's vocals too often overpower the instrumental backing. Still, it's interesting to see how deftly Geoff was able to create a really memorable lyric to go with what had previously been an instrumental number. (Oh, and the best guitar solo on Creepshow - that jagged, nightmarish one after Geoff yells "Amandaaaaaaaaa-ahahahaha!" - is almost inaudible in the mix here, which is nigh-unforgivable.)

This set is now available as the bonus disc on the Definitive Edition of Smiling At Grief, and that's perhaps the best way to appreciate it; it certainly doesn't outshine the demo tape, but it does offer a fun look at the material and is an interesting look at the band's evolutionary process.

Warthur | 3/5 |

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