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Eetu Pellonpaa
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2 stars The interesting album covers gave me some associations of psychedelic music first, but the music that was concealed with was quite different. There are some nice symphonic passages done with acoustic instruments, but some kind of humorlessness and troubled feeling consumes me when I'm listening to this album. There seems to be some kind of religious themes contemplated, and when these rock hymns are backed up with the early folk rock sound of the sixties, the first album of Genesis comes into my mind as an association. What troubled me on this album and the previous record is the conservative and naive piano on each track, reminding me the playing of an angry school teacher. The first song "Love Goes On" also reaches some kind of culmination peak of banality in my opinion For me the best song here was maybe "Mr. Pine", which has several different movements parts and some medieval and psychedelic folk influences. Though this certainly is an original piece of work, it still was a disappointment to me. The following incarnation of the group felt much more pleasing to me, leaving the two first albums as peculiar remarks of artistic brewing on the pages of history.
Eetu Pellonpaa | 2/5 |


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