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AND WE'RE NOT HERE AFTER ALL

Overhead

 

Crossover Prog

3.10 | 47 ratings

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memowakeman
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3 stars Nice album from this cool Finnish band!

Some years ago this album was offered for review in the collaborators zone, I took advantage of it and download it, but I consider myself guilty, because I totally forgot about it and now, after two years, I am reviewing it. So I ask for my sincere apologies to the band, this is something I had not happened to me before.

This is the band third and latest studio album, but actually was the first one I ever listened from Overhead. The album features seven songs and a total time of 49 minutes. The song that opens "And We're Not Here After All" is entitled "A Method?" which starts like a kind of lullaby, tender notes and soft nuances, but it is progressing and growing with the minutes, until it explodes and becomes heavier, so this introduction works good so I am really interesting to see what is next.

And next is "?to the Madness", that ellipsis suggest that this is the continuation of the first song, though the sound drastically changes. There are bass lines that create an atmosphere of tension, the vocals work well together with the music, and the drums are always nice and constant. There are some nice sounds created by guitars and keyboards. The song becomes actually tenser while the seconds pass, but later when vocals reappear it calms down a little bit, nice song.

"Time Can Stay" starts softer than the previous; even the atmosphere here suggests a moment of calm and tranquility. The sound actually is quite catchy and enjoyable, its softness in some passages may provoke a ballad-like sound, but we know that is not a ballad at all, so don't pay attention to me. After three minutes the sound changes with the appearance of keyboards, but it changes again some seconds later when it stops and opens the gates to acoustic guitars, so later the song returns to its first form. The last part of the song is exciting, creating an ambient of seduction and movement.

"The Sun" is like a short interlude, just one minute of a soft sound that will lead to the next track. So "Lost Inside" begins an eleven-minute song that offers a blend of different sounds and I would say of different prog subgenres. It starts with a soft and warm tune, gently in moments, though there is some nervousness on it, provoked by the bass and the keyboard sound. Minutes later it turns into a heavier song, there are some heavy guitar moments where one can expect a metal-related passage is coming, though it does not really come, actually it slow down again, and later returns to that sound. I like the piano work all over this song, it adds a special flavor.

Another good thing is the use of the flute, after the storm the calm comes, and it sounds like this when the flute and the acoustic guitar sounds. Excellent song!

"Entropy" is an exciting song and it can be noticed since the very beginning, the bass notes and the keyboard work is amazing, because they invite the listener to keep the attention and expect what its coming next. Then a powerful vocal work appears, so now the vocals and the music work perfectly together and create an enormous harmony, I have to confess that I truly enjoy listening to this song, I like singing it and enjoy it from beginning to end. Though it could be repetitive, I have to say that this is without a doubt my favorite song of this album.

And it finishes with "A Captain on the Shore" which is another long composition, but here it does not offer the same excitement than previous songs. Starts softly with flute and easy- listening rhythm, there is actually a chorus that sounds like an average pop-rock band, I don't like that, I have to say it. Its delicate and catchy sound does not really work for me, I would have preferred a song alike to Lost Inside, for instance, because here its repetition does not create addiction, but boredom. I must say I don't really like the way the album finishes.

After reading the reviews, I disagree with some who rate this album low because it is not really bad at all, I must admit I have never listened to Sylvan so I can't say if there are similarities or not, actually I don't care. What I care is that I enjoy listening to this album, it is clear that is not the freshest or most original act, however, in my opinion it is worth listening, there are some interesting songs. My final grade will be three stars. (and a half)

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |

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