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THE BEST OF ANTIDEPRESSIVE DELIVERY

Anti-Depressive Delivery

 

Heavy Prog

4.00 | 22 ratings

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Horizons
3 stars The joyous nature of this band comes alive.

The Best Of AntiDepressive Delivery is a vintage Heavy Prog album, with 70's hard - rock instrumentation accompanied by warm vocals. Lyrics throughout the album are written about everyday experiences and problems like growing up and being rejected, (unfortunately) tapping into the audience.

This album starts off strong with two great songs, "In Pine" and "Glasses", giving you an impressive insight to the band's sound and how the remaining album with unfold. "In Pine" creeps upon the listen with strong, punchy Hammond with basic guitar interludes. During the melodious bridge, you get a sense of the powerful harmonies these Norwegian guys have, contrasting the 70's rock sound of the previous sections and clasping the heart. Along with the vocals you have some soft, minimal keys and a beautiful guitar work providing the melody. "Glasses" is one of my favorite tracks off this album. The guitar has a lessened impression on this song, but it is just replaced with a tasty drum groove and climaxes that are filled with bass licks. The song is great until half way, where it only gets better. Like being on a roller coaster, the first 2 minutes are just getting to the top of that huge, distant drop. The songs now drags you through some bass tension, an admirable keyboard solo, then a short but adequate guitar solo.

"Lifekeeper" is a longer track compared to the two previous songs, at only 8 minutes. The song is home to the best balance of both instrumentation and the great vocals. It also is more aimed at a softer atmosphere, never really getting the Deep Purple vibe like the other tracks. The lyrics seem to depict God as almost as a deceiving and playful figure, and telling the tale of man's journey to his realm. The music serves as an auditory representation of this voyage - eventually climaxing with more keyboarding and the guitar finally in the limelight.

The next track is where the album's feebleness beings to show. Thankfully this one is the shortest track and deservedly named "Goodbye". The track has minimal playing with cheesy lyrics and vocals. The song even begins with some scatting.

"True Love" continues the slight cheesiness, which is very easy to tell with it's title. The song though, has decent playing, and more characteristic singing. Not too good, nothing too terrible.

Finally the album tops off with "Alive", my second favorite track on the album. Arriving at 13:50 - the band arrives at their pinnacle. The song is like a prog stir fry. A giant pan filled with hot, delicious drum fills, keyboard solos, time signature changes, guitar pleasing and such. Honestly a 5 star song.

Overall, this album is great fun and shows a rare uplifting voice. It's just a blatant good time and a well made album. Oh and the artwork is good too.

Horizons | 3/5 |

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