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3.86 | 157 ratings

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4 stars It is beautiful.

If you've ever listened to a song, album or otherwise where the mood, atmosphere and emotion either really connected or were pulled off in a completely credible way, I tell you I've had that experience with TIMELOSS. Everything that Paatos is trying to convey in terms of what I've just stated is executed convincingly, striking that spot in the brain which triggers that spot in the heart that makes me emote. It's a great album overall whether or not prog is discussed, but I say that TIMELOSS is one of the better ones of the genre.

It takes the mellotron balladry from the early King Crimson days with jazz-scapes and indie rock with a little flair. ''Tea'' is just about the perfect example of what to expect with the mellotron padding, subtle guitar flourishes, beautiful vocals, dynamic changes abound and a drummer that goes completely berserk at the end. Those nitpicky about the prog thing would be glad to know that aside from the keys, we get verses in 15. The other three of the first four songs have a similar feel with ''Sensor'' being mostly loud, ''They Are Beautiful'' being rather quiet.

''Quits'' deserves a segment of its own because it's where TIMELOSS goes to another dimension and splits the prog community in half. Quite the noisy, repetitive track that nods more to trip-hop and electronica than mellotron prog ballads. It's done rather well, particularly the section where the guest brass section goes bananas over that instilled rhythm. For me though, the subtle guitar echo in the verses and the keyboards make this a keeper for me. The lone problem is that I have a fifteen minute version of this track that spends the last 2.5 minutes on a (barely audible) ping.

TIMELOSS is not that perfect of an album, but it's mark in prog rock shouldn't be overlooked. The only rough track is ''Hypnotique'' as it takes time to start, but that's because I forget the flutes and the timely mellotron line at the end. The instrumentation is about the subtlest I've heard as most of the members don't overdo the playing in order to make that connection with the audience. That is except drummer Huxflux that might sometimes speak as a lead instrument. Maybe not that groundbreaking, but pulled off well enough to get it to near essential status.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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