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Red Sparowes


Post Rock/Math rock

3.81 | 99 ratings

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4 stars Red Sparowes, finally here at PA. It was about time!

Red Sparowes is one of the post-rock bands of these recent years (2005) that aren't doing the same thing as Mogwai, EITS or Godspeed like other clones around. They managed to create a distinct sound on their own, something unique, something great.

The sound of Red Sparowes is very energetic and powerful like metal but without the heavy riffs or the vocals for that matter. Atmospheric like the trademark post-rock sound but with an edge and with alot of drones in the hard sounding places to make you feel what they want you to feel at the given song. Now this may sound like a description to Pelican, but believe me, they sound nothing like them. The guitars in Red Sparowes is the main source of emotion. While one is doing some heavy sounding rythims, the other is making some very emotional playing like in the third track wich is short but I found it the most emotional and accesible song in the album (I played it to some of my non prog friends and like it alot). The bass isn't left apart either delivering some really great lines like in the second track and it also helps with the atmosphere. Without it I think they couldn't make those very delicious melodies or thier unique sound. The drums also put their 2 cents making it very pleasant and not sounding forced in any way.

Once you hear the first song you'll be sucked into the sheer power of the music of Red Sparowes.You might notice by the titles of the song that the sound of the album isn't really happy either. Nothing in the album drags. The soft parts aren't too long and the hard parts aren't every wear. In other words, its well crafted and not a single note over or under. My only complaint is that the last song doesn't last that long. The song is an excellent closer and all, but the end of the song is what ruins it. The song really lasts 12 minutes the others are 3 minutes of silence and the last minutes of apocaliptic noise or something like that.

I woudn't call it a masterpiece of progressive rock,(It doesn't have to be a masterpiece to be excellent ya know) but it's one of the best albums I've heard in recent years and it's one of the most original and best sounding post-rock and prog rock albums in recent years also. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars

chamberry | 4/5 |


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