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Dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion CD (album) cover




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3.59 | 107 ratings

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3 stars Pariah Parrot Delusion is the strongest Dredg I've heard. Still, too much of it is plain sentimental pop, unfit to deserve anything above 3 stars.

The band is obviously talented. Most of the music consists of tastily wrought layered rock songs with plenty of variation in playing and instrumentation. Especially the short instrumental interludes are lots of fun. When everything falls into place (as on Pariah for example) Gavin Hayes' voice is an excellent asset in their overall sound. But more often then not he does not do his band mates justice. Songs like Gathering Pebbles and Information have strong melodies but are wrecked by their bland siropy pop choruses. Also Saviour, Cartoon Showroom and Quotes rarely surpass the second-rate U2 level that the singer reduces them to.

Dredg has a very skilled vocalist but maybe they should make him play the flute or let him dance or something. Anything that silences him a bit more will make this band really rise above the murk.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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