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CHRYSALIS

Man On Fire

 

Eclectic Prog

3.82 | 66 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars This US band returns with their fourth studio album.

This is my first exposure to their music after the interview I did some days ago. I have been listening to this album on and off since I received the promo copy though.

Listed in the Eclectic genre, I would describe their music as modern prog rock. I do not disagree with the genre listing though. But Man On Fire has taken a lot of influences from the last ten years popular music and implemented them into their brand of symph and eclectic prog. From Madonna's latest incarnation to americana, soul, pop, rock, scandinavian depressive prog, neo prog, funk, jazz, rap, latino, house and prog metal. The result is a very varied album which is all over the place. It is also an album pretty difficult to describe in words.

The musicians and vocalist here does a very good job. The female soul vocals is not to my liking though in general terms. But they are necessary in this context so I have no gripe with them. What I have gripes with though is the lack of any really superb songs. That is a problem I have with this album.

....... Then again, the title track, a suite no less, is really great and should really bridge the span between the 1970s focus on suites and the today prog scene's focus on implementing the last decade's sigths and sounds. It really boils down to the question of being regressive or progressive. I am a big fan of the 1970s scene as most of you reading these lines. But I accept we cannot live in the past forever. Sounds and albums as Crysalis is today's progressive rock and a great intro for today's human beings to this genre. And the quality here is very good so I have no problems recommending this album to everyone. In this case 3.5 stars is upped to 4 stars.

Recommended to everyone wanting to know how 2011 sounds like.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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