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SING-ALONG SONGS FOR THE DAMNED & DELIRIOUS

Diablo Swing Orchestra

 

Progressive Metal

4.00 | 166 ratings

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Robinanimate
4 stars Keeping up the craziness

As far as genre blending and eclectic composing goes, this second endeavor of DSO keeps going in the same direction as its predecessor. The songs are presented in a somewhat more organized manner, as each song is representing a new country of inspiration according to the DVD promo clip released on the 2 disc edition of SASFTD&D. The songs are appointed Russia, Germany, France, Spain and UK as thematic backdrop for their composition. This only comes off clearly in the tracks A Rancid Romance (Spain) and Vodka Inferno (Russia) though. Incidentally, these are also the two strongest tracks on the album. As far as melodies goes this album is a bit harder to get into than their debut, and normally this is a good sign. But when I first got the melodies under my skin I was already bored with them. This might be due to the more typical song structure on this album. It is basically intro-verse-chorus on all the songs. Their debut had a more climactic structure on most of its songs. The before mentioned A Rancid Romance maintain this trend of their debut album, but all over the songs tend to unfold in a more standard manner. The choice of inspirational influences is still one of DSO's strongest and most original features. And it works very well on this album as well. The nice new touch of Russian folk tunes in Vodka Inferno is evidence of development and new thinking even within the DSO universe. Still, I will maintain that a more challenging structure of the songs would make them more interesting. The song do have overall good melodies though, but the female vocals seems to be a bit more toned down on this album. A plus is of course that this let their male vocalist show his talents to a greater degree. His voce suits the music perfectly and adds even more diversity to an already extremely diverse band. An underdog suggestion track vise would be the bluesy Ricerca Dell' Anima and its awesome solo work. Allover this album is also really good, but I would rank their debut one star higher. Just because I am still not bored with that album. Favorite tracks on Sing-Along Songs... are the three previously mentioned by name tracks. A good album, just not as long lasting as The Butchers Ballroom. This second album has perhaps got a more mainstream feel to the composition of the songs, if that can even be used as a descriptive term when it comes to DSO.

Robinanimate | 4/5 |

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