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ROAD SALT TWO

Pain Of Salvation

 

Progressive Metal

3.56 | 305 ratings

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Starhammer
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3 stars Just add water...

Road Salt Two is the second in a pair of albums released by Pain of Salvation which mark a (hopefully) temporary move towards a more 'nostalgic' sound. Whereas 'Road Salt One' album took me quite a while to appreciate, this album was more immediately rewarding although that may just be because I knew what to expect.

Like it's predecessor its a bit hit and miss in terms of interesting songs. There are some really great moments like The Physics of Gridlock, Healing Now and Eleven (which features one of my top three guitar solos of 2011!), and I'm also quite partial to the opening and closing instrumentals. But for the most part its a bit beige. Not bad at all, just very plain, and this is a problem which Opeth's 'Heritage' shared.

In order for a 'retro tribute' to succeed then it has to either be incredibly consistent, or that little bit different. For example Steven Wilson's more ambitious effort 'Grace for Drowning', or Dark Sun's 'Orange' which overflows with character and charm in its raw setting.

The Verdict: On par with 'Road Salt One'.

Starhammer | 3/5 |

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