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DOOMSDAY AFTERNOON

Phideaux

 

Crossover Prog

4.25 | 713 ratings

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KingX
3 stars When I first heard this, I was fairly dissapointed. It was too simple, the singer was annoying, and the symphonic arrangements sounded like they were just thrown in at the last second for good measure. But, as we all know, lots of Progressive music can only be fully appreciated when given a 2nd (or 3rd or 10th for that matter) chance.

After the second go-round, I realized the beauty in the simplicity. Usually I can't stand it when people say "there is beauty in simplicity", but here I must make an exception. Just listen to "Crumble" a couple of times and you'll know what I mean. However, there is a long track in here that is simply boring. nothing special about it at all.

One of the main reasons I don't give this a four star rating is because of the vocals. The female vocals are very nice, but the guy that is singing sounds like he has a cold. I cringe every time I hear him attempt to sing something emotional or loud or anything not toned down.

As for the Symohnic arrangements, they are better when their toned down. (like most things on this album) But overall it does add quite a lot to the generall atmosphere.

Lyrically, it is very nice. Especially because of the repeated lines/ themes throughout. I can't really pick out one storyline, but concept is pretty clear.

Another setback is the lack of instrumental technicality. I realize that's not what this album is about, but Sometimes you just really wish there was a solo, or a cool little interlude, or something to break the simplicity.

My favorite song- Formaldahyde. I especially love the first part of this one. It has a great "walking through the forest" type of feel.

Overall, I love the atmosphere and most of the songs, but there are too many setbacks for it to be "excellent". I do definitely suggest listening if you are a fan of this kind of folksy, symphonic stuff.

KingX | 3/5 |

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