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Delusion Squared


Crossover Prog

3.87 | 133 ratings

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4 stars Sometimes, the hype is justified.

I am not the biggest fan of female fronted song focused prog. But twice this year, I have been bowled over by new bands who has taken this genre to a new level. All Over Everywhere is the first and the best band of those two exceptions from the rule. Delusion Squared is the second exception from this rule.

Although Delusion Squared's debut album, the one I am reviewing here, is not in the same league as All Over Everywhere's genre defining debut album, they too really blazes a new trail in the wilderness. Delusion Squared's sound is somewhere in the area between Porcupine Tree and Dido. The female vocals is great and very Dido. The sound is Steve Wilson & Co. In other words; somewhere between neo-rock, metal and jazz. That makes the platform the songs are built on pretty rock solid.

The quality of the songs are great throughout. The final song A Creation Myth is excellent and the best song here. But the rest is not far behind. The band has infused a lot of moods and atmosphere into the songs. A depressed, dark mood. I feel Emo is not far away from their sound. But Emo is a pretty derided scene now so I better not mention that word. Oh, I just did. Twice. Sorry. Anyway, my point is that this band knows what soul is and they use this knowledge wisely throughout the album. An understated album is therefore the end result.

This is an album that slowly creeps up on you and just stays in the CD player and in your mind for a long time. This is a strong candidate for the top ten albums list of 2010 too. In short; I love this album despite of the lack of some killer tunes that would elevate this album to a classic album. This band is surely one of the best talents in today's scene.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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