Knifeworld - Dear Lord, No Deal CD (album) cover




Crossover Prog

3.67 | 6 ratings

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4 stars Short but wonderful...

Knifeworld may not have gotten very much press here at PA, but they are a group definitely deserving of more attention than they've yet received. To date, they've released a full length album and two EPs, with a sound which draws some comparisons to other groups (for me, I hear some Cardiacs in the horn parts especially). They don't lean on the influences, though, instead letting their own music shine through with a high energy, fun-loving sound. Somewhat punky, somewhat proggy, always enjoyable.

This album presents two sides of the band to the listener; the first side, which is the first two tracks, is the more accessible, sticking with shorter song formats and catchy music engineered to ensnare the senses. The final track on the EP, making up the bulk of its length, shows their less conventional style, the track goes through several styles over its fourteen minutes. Slower, stripped-down sections shift into higher gears, with more speed and more instruments, and sometimes the track has a very lush, almost dreamlike quality. As was mentioned in the previous review, the fade-out loop at the end of the track is rather long, but personally I don't feel that it detracts from the value of the music.

Kavus and crew have created quite a good EP with Dear Lord, No Deal. They're still a young group, though their musical talents are clear. I'm looking forward to more material from Knifeworld, though Kavus is keeping himself busy playing with other groups (check out his contributions to Bob Drake's newest album) along with writing material for future Knifeworld releases. Four stars for this release, and recommendations to check out all of their material.

SaltyJon | 4/5 |


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