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The Progmatist
3 stars I was a little disappointed with this one. It's just that it's a bit strange to me that an album focused almost exclusively on acoustic instruments would place the instruments so far back in the mix. I found myself several times wanting to reach back somewhere deep into the soundscape to grab the piano, acoustic guitar, and glockenspiel and bring it closer. The band seemed to go out of its way to highlight Hogarth's vocals, which are no doubt excellent here, but this came at the expense of leaving the instruments somewhat in the dark. This is a shame because the reinterpreted compositions, now without the help of epic keyboards and blazing solos, seem to want for just a little more depth in one to many places. The problem is that the compositions themselves don't necessarily make up for the shallow acoustics. While some of the pieces shine (see "Interior Lulu"), the whole comes off as a bit dull in the end. Hogarth sounds great, but this isn't a solo record, and I expected a little bit more out of the band. No pun intended, of course.
The Progmatist | 3/5 |


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