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3.95 | 286 ratings

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3 stars This third album (as the previous two IMHHO) does share more with the eclectic genre than the symphonic one.

Complex beat, ŕ la GG vocals, and excellent instrumental combination are the strong lines of this material. But the whole is hard to digest: little great instrumental passages, few (to none) vocal extravaganza, close to none gorgeous tracks.

So, what's left?

Well, a bunch of good songs indeed. Fine musicianship (that' the least you can expect from such a band), but average vocals. A mixed kind of a feeling. And the madrigal "Prose" is nothing from the other world.

I am not as enthusiastic as most of my fellow reviewers about this album. Not enough melodies to my taste. Not enough musical delirium. A good album of complex music. Eclectic is the word as many colleagues have referred to. So: wrong category here for sure.

Anyway: the music displayed here deserves a listen; but don't expect a masterpiece. Well. That's what I think! The dreadful "My Dear Wormwood" should convince you that both of the worlds are sitting here. The good. But the weak as well?Little compelling to tell the truth.

Mine is that I very much prefer "Suffocating the Bloom" than this one. Three stars is my maximum rate. A good album (at times) but too longish and with little feel. The whole of this album sounds too average really. Such a song as "Audio Vérité" is really not a ?cent worth. Press next. For sure.

If you're heading for syrupy stuff, welcome to "Settled Land". A poor complaint. An average musical interpretation. In all: a weak moment which should have been closed down.

This band is hard to categorized (which is a good thing IMHHO). Some eclectic lovers will praise them. Some symphonic ones would just have a discreet listen to this record. Both will end up on a totally different view?Even if intricate parts aren't too many out here.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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