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PART THE SECOND

Maudlin Of The Well

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.23 | 532 ratings

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russellk
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3 stars 'Part the Second' is a gorgeous album, replete with stirring sounds and beautiful moments. It's toned down somewhat from the outrageous brilliance of previous KAYO DOT and MAUDLIN OF THE WELL releases, and suffers for it to a degree. But what in my opinion makes this somewhat less than the complete success most critics claim, is the incoherence of the compositions themselves.

The album is front-loaded, with the first two songs representing the best of the album. 'Rose Quartz' is also excellent but is more of a vignette than a coherent whole. The album then self-destructs with the bone-jarring 'Clover Garland Island' and the failed experiment 'Laboratories of the Invisible World'. It is unreasonable to expect experimental post-rock to have traditional song structures, but it is difficult to do any more as a listener than bask in the vast array of sounds. This falls some way short of the holistic beauty I was hoping for.

I prefer the work of KAYO DOT.

russellk | 3/5 |

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