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3.56 | 55 ratings

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3 stars A new approach from Present.

Up to this album, this band from Belgium released some fine albums with introvert darkened RIO music. But a change occurs on this album though. Present opens up and becomes a more light hearted, playful band. Gone is the grave-yearning suicidal approach and in comes funk, jazz, tango and post rock too. It is still pretty obvious this is a Present album and that is pleasing for their (including myself) core fans. Present still sounds like a cross breed between RIO and zeuhl. But with the additions of new influences. But Certitude still has a dark undertone.

One of the reasons I really liked their first albums was the stylistic doom laden sound. The suicidal landscape where nothing grows and only the ravens rules the roost. That has mostly gone on Certitude and Present loose some of their charm and attraction to me. But the music here is still very good. But this album is an development I do not find that spellbinding attractive. Neither the songs or the sound is that great so for me; this album is a step backwards for Present.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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