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MAMMOTH

Beardfish

 

Eclectic Prog

3.96 | 646 ratings

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Mark-P
3 stars The sixth album by Beardfish, with the same line up as the previous Destined Solitaire (DS) album. Not to much changes in the musical style compared to DS, except it shifts a bit to be heavier. The compositions is in my opinion, not as strong as 'Sleeping in Traffic' (SIT). The rhythm section (bass and drums) is amazing and give a special feel to each of the tracks.

First track 'The Platform' opens with hard riffs and rhythm, that set up the overall mood of the album, as being heavier. Great guitar works from start to end.

Second track 'And the Stone Said: If I Could Speak' is the longest track (15:07) of the album. It has around 4 minutes great introduction section, with melodic theme and typical Beardfish conversation amongst instruments. This track is very rich in timbre, with many wonderful sound of keyboards (both modern and 70's mellotron and hammond sounds) and use of saxophone in the middle part. The end part has great guitar work.

'Tightrope' to me sounds the quintessential Beardfish, in terms of the influence of 90's alternative rock. It is blended nicely to have a softer but still powerful track. The rhythm section plays wonderfully to alter the moods several times in this quite short track. 'Green Waves' is a dark track, with heavy guitar riffs and a rather aggressive vocal. The interlude (somewhere in the last 2-3 minutes) has outstanding instrumental section with nice bass and drums works accompanying guitar solo with groovy rhythm that for me is the best part of this track. Some part of it (particularly bassline and syncopation) reminds me to the musical style of Rush (like 'YYZ').

'Outside / Inside' is a short (1:43) piano piece. 'Akakabotu' has a nice jazzy tune, with a lot of saxophone and keyboard works. The intro part resembles Camel's song 'Six Ate' (from their first album). 'Without Saying Anything (feat. Ventriloquist)' provides a cool down closure of the album. Not too much highlight in this long (8:10) track.

Considering their musical creativity in the SIT and DS, I would give this album 3 stars. I miss the musical wit that were abundantly showcased before. This album might be a transition of musical style towards heavier sound. However, 'Tightrope' and 'Green Waves' still stand out and I would list them among best works of Beardfish.

Mark-P | 3/5 |

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