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Beautiful Scarlet
3 stars Good Album through and through 3/5.

The album is solid, music always lovely but in places becomes forgettable. Particularly I find myself losing interest midway through track 1 and for the entirety of track 2. Fortunately track 3 is a great calming piece of music, lots of acoustic guitar. The song reminds me of a dance with gentle twists and turns, it has nice pacing and is done well. Track 4 has a more classical feel then the previous tracks, containing flute, violin, glockenspiel and other classical instruments to give the song a grand feel. Track 5 starts bombastic with lead guitar/para-orchestral backing and maintains the second sides more classical influenced sound. I find track five sadly returns to the more forgettable nature of this album after the opening and until the acoustic guitar takes the spotlight. This marks a change for the better as calm but engaging parts occur, synth pads/piano give way to bubbling bass which comes together to provide an opening to the songs energetic ending. The final track gravitation is introduced by guitar arpeggios and a wobble synth then chime keys allow electric guitar and friends to enter the composition. This has the same sound as the electric guitar parts in much of the album and by the last track comes off as more of the same which is lame and a shame. The synth work on this track is what stands out and it would be nice if they were allowed to shine more.

Overall this a solid nearly wholly instrumental album. My favourite moments are definitely those replete with acoustic guitar, I wish there was more acoustic guitar on this album and more bass (it is present but frequently is unnoticeable). (Also amazing album cover as always with Karfagen)

Beautiful Scarlet | 3/5 |


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