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SILENCE

A.C.T

 

Eclectic Prog

3.50 | 116 ratings

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FunkyM
2 stars Now here's a band I've been looking forward to checking out.

I came across the name of A.C.T. in a forum post where they were compared to the Sweedish popsters ABBA. Being an ABBA fan (and not afraid to admit it), a more prog version of that style of music immediately appealed to my musical taste buds.

However, I found that a lot of the stand alone songs on this album sound similar to what I've heard from the band Enchant. Especially the vocals, which I found sounded like Ted Leonard's.

Silence is an album that is split into two parts. The bulk of the album is made up of stand alone tracks of about four minutes each. The second half of the album is a long, multi-part piece called "Consequences" which is split into a nine tracks.

Now just in case the ABBA comparison set my expectations a bit too high, I've given Silence a number of listens. I even took a break from it and came back to listen to it again. Each time I've found that the majority of the tracks here are mid-tempo rockers that would blend together if it weren't for the space in between them.

There are a few moments which are worth mentioning. The chorus part of "Useless Argument" reminds me of the chorus of Paul McCartney's "No More Lonely Nights" (though that's not a huge endorsement for a supposed prog-rock album) and "Call in the Dead" may be about the best track before the epic with a nice multi-vocal part that is slightly reminiscent of Queen.

The epic track, "Consequences", is pretty enjoyable. I honestly wouldn't have minded an entire album in this style as it is much more interesting to my ears. The epic is, in truth, made up of a number of shorter set pieces, but each section is distinct from the next while maintaining a place within the overall composition. As a whole, this is easily the highlight of the album.

Overall: Silence is by no means a terrible album, but it's not a terribly good one either. It isn't an album that I will think about very often. A decent mini-epic plus one or two other tracks saves it from being a complete snoozefest. I'd only recommend it to completionists and hardcore fans.

Highlights: "Useless Argument", "Call in the Dead", "Consequences"

FunkyM | 2/5 |

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