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If / Ifsounds - If. . . Sounds CD (album) cover


If / Ifsounds


Crossover Prog

3.06 | 6 ratings

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3 stars A free compilation album directly from the band and easily one of the five best free downloads of the year.

I am not a fan of compilation albums because only full albums gives a good account of a band at that moment. Ifsounds compilation album is another good reason. The material is too varied in styles. From a massive million hit-single potential on Loser to eclectic prog on Morpho Nestira Part 2. Which makes this album too varied in my opinion.

But again, the whole idea behind this compilation album is to present Ifsounds to potential customers. In this respect, it really hits the bullseye. I am not sure what audience Ifsounds is trying to appeal too. I find this band a bit of a mystery. If they had one of the big record companies in their back, a song like Loser would had been a massive hit. Yes, a million selling hit single. That is kind of their problem. I sometimes feels ProgArchives and it's audience is too small for this band. I really wonder if Ifsounds really is a pop/rock band and not a prog band. Their sound is very commercial and pretty much AOR to be a prog band. I really think they would make it big if they tried the pop/rock scene and they got some good money backing them up. Some of their stuff is excellent AOR and pop-rock. Some references to the likes of RPWL also springs to mind. And then we have landed in Pink Floyd land. Their sound is American through and through. Added to this, you also have some eclectic prog stuff on this compilation album.

Quality wise, there is very little to complain about. My main gripe is that this is a compilation album. Full stop. It does though represent this band very well and does Ifsounds a great service. I fully understand why they are pushing this compilation album and why they have even included some excellent artwork. I am therefore really wishing that they get a good breakthrough on the basis of this excellent marketing idea (ie this album). I can only give three stars to a compilation album as varied as this. But I still urge everyone to make up their own mind about this album and the band by downloading this album. On the basis of this compilation album, I have put this band close to the top of the most talented bands in today's scene. I will follow them like an eagle follows the local population of red deer.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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