Alcest - Écailles de lune CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

4.05 | 243 ratings

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3 stars Where is the melody?

While there are several points throughout this album that sound absolutely beautiful, the album as a whole is ruined by the lack of an essential musical feature called melody. Sure, there are times when it's best to leave out a lead line so we can focus on some great developing harmonies or rhythmic brilliance, but for an entire album? That's a bit much. Not to mention the fact that there aren't any really great rhythms to focus on here.

The album consists mostly of two textures: overly repeated distorted guitar chords and softer acoustic guitar chords a bit more acoustic in flavor. This gets tiresome, especially the former, but I must say the harmonies in some places are really quite excellent. The screaming vocals are annoying and get in the way of the beauty of the album. At least they don't happen very often.

The music is not the best I've heard, but I was very impressed to find that this was written, performed, and recorded entirely by one person. And there was nothing at all wrong with the performance or production, so he got about 2.5 out of 3. Unfortunately, I'm strongly biased toward composition, and the music was only written half-well, so a solid 3 stars it is. Not something to go out of your way for.

myhandsarefree | 3/5 |


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