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Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

3.89 | 91 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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4 stars Pelican's second full length album remains somewhat of an enigma to this listener. While it keeps the sludge that made the first record so dense and heavy, it has added a greater emphasis on developing a prozaic 'post-rock' progression, with all of the dynamic shifts and challenges this entails. In the process, Pelican's epic soundscapes have matured into calmer and generally more evenly paced fare. To some extent this aids in the development of softer passages, but the truly epic riffs and climaxes found on Australasia seem to be missing.

This is not to say that there aren't several great riffs here, but there seems to be something lacking from the compositions. The paradoxically elegant and simple style of Australasia erred on the side of minimalism, in the sense that the progression of each movement did only what it needed in order to extract pleasure from your brain. Some of the compositions here just sound... well a bit noisy and confused compared. Despite these stylistic gripes, Pelican still manage to craft an enjoyable listen. "Sirius" and "March to the Sea" are especially memorable, showing a more matured sense of dynamics and pacing, while the 'untitled' track highlights Pelican's innate ability to craft wonderful acoustic tracks packed full of subtlety and charm. It is a shame that some elements of this album seem to be a bit noisy and confused for their own good. The lack of direction does hamper the listening experience of this album, but as with any Pelican release, there is always gold to be found within the cacophony.

The dual guitar section of Lebec and de Brauw are as powerful ever, while the brotherly rhythm section of Bryan and Larry Herweg have become more polished on this release. Even with some of the negativity surrounding the percussive elements of Pelican, I can still admire the aesthetical fluidity of the band. Such is the nature of this release, it pays not to over-analyse what is before you. The Fire in Our Throats is not a perfect release by any measure, but as typical of Pelican, it contains an innate charm and ability to convey an instrumental story. And while this story can sometimes get lost in translation, one can do worse than to get lost in these soundscapes.

Any Colour You Like | 4/5 |


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