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The Enid


Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 88 ratings

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3 stars The first track, "Punch And Judy Man", starts with a complex and energetic composition. Drums, keyboards (three on this album) guitar and bass are fast and furious. Almost suddenly they change to a smooth and more minimalistic execution, introducing the piano and some synth layers. On its middle they go back to that initial proposal, and sustain it almost until the end of the song. One of the best tracks of this recording.

The next track is based on a traditional english ballad called Scarborough Fayr, whose lyrics were used by Simon and Garfunkel on a very succesful song. It's about someone executing some tasks to conquer his/her beloved heart. The Enid interpretation delivers for my perception a good dose of romance and an additional context that seems to place the story on the woods. This song would work well on a soundtrack with a similar narrative, but on this album I'd say it got a bit simplorious.

Third track, "The Ring Master", just as they did on the first, delivers a good and complex percussive use of the synths, along with the drums. It's also quick and energetic. Nice guitar playing, with some pompous and fine tunes.

Almost all of track 4, "Sanctus", is based on synth playing, delivering a more pastoral mood. The tunes aren't captivating. Guitar playing, participating very briefly, performs some pleasent layers, specially on the end, but not enough to save this part from being one of the weak points present on the album.

"Hall of Mirrors" begins with a slow and tenacious pace, very elegant and relaxing. The song transmutes to a very emotional guitar playing, over a bombastic performance of the synths. They mantain this highest level until the end. IMO, the best track.

Now this work reaches the last piece, called "The Dreamer". Its introduction is very interesting, evoking on me those bizarre dreams with mystery and abstruseness. Unfortunately this intrigating part is brief and becomes more predictable and simplorious on the rest of the track. Not even the fancy, orquestrated and loud use of synths on the finale saves this snippet from being poor.

3.3 stars on a five-star scale.

arymenezes | 3/5 |


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