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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.83 | 152 ratings

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4 stars 'Deep Politics' is the first and - so far - one of the few 2011 albums that gave me that glorious feeling that all is still rather well with the world and that good music will prevail for ever.

Admitted, I've been hooked by this band ever since I heard the dark, gothic and experimental post-rock soundscapes of 'Black Tar Prophecies'. The band hasn't changed their approach all that much over the years, but recent albums had shown a growing interest in composing memorable hooks and 'catchy' song-material, an effort that greatly pays off here on this epic cinematic album. The music can really stand on its own here, and there's only a couple of quieter tracks where some accompanying footage might improve the experience.

So what we get is the known 'soundtrack' style approach of the band, applying the "slow-is-beautiful" ethic when they build up the tension and set the scene for gloriously big, as well as desolate landscapes, for touching romantic scenes and looming drama. Really, I can't wait to see the movie when hearing this album. The spirit of Ennio Morricone is present in many of the compositions, as well as the gift of Pink Floyd to create that full yet open sound, where every instrument freely breathes and resonates.

'Deep Politics' is Grail's most diverse and successful album so far and a perfect introduction to the band. Fans of post-rock and space-rock shouldn't hesitate, but anyone is invited really, the fact that this is the 7th 4star review in a row sure indicates its broad potential.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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