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ROAD SALT TWO

Pain Of Salvation

 

Progressive Metal

3.56 | 305 ratings

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1791 Overture
3 stars Like its predecessor, this is something of a mixed bag. There is more good than bad, but the boys are still not convincing bluesmen, nor will they ever be, I conjecture. There is a false sense of maturity pervading this album, but juvenility is difficult to hide, and PoS has always been instantly recognizable for their youthful irreverence. This is both a good and a bad thing, as on previous records - for my money 1979 (really, guys?) and The Physics of Gridlock really ham it up. But for every mistake there is a blessing; Healing Now and Eleven are both superb little genre-fusion pieces, the latter in particular containing a juicy prog-blues breakdown. More of that, please!

As with Road Salt One the keyboard and bass playing are surprisingly tasteful, while the guitar tends to cling too slightly to the band's previous nu metal influences to be totally convincing. And Mr. Gildenlow, per usual, walks a fine line between soul and cheese.

A solid album from a band not afraid to grow and experiment. I would be surprised if the reader found nothing to like on this record.

1791 Overture | 3/5 |

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