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4.05 | 1042 ratings

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4 stars Fresh review, right after first spin of the CD. They did it again. Managed to record interesting album completetly different in style to its predecessor. There is more space for solos, for reflections. Unlike ADHD, the songs on SONGS do not end with the lyrics being sung. This is when music, arrangement begins. And they are interesting. And intense, yet slower than ADHD. Lots of acoustic guitars, lots of singing guitar, and never have I heard so lyrical vocal of Mariusz Duda. No song seem to stand out, slightly weaker for me are only Celebrity Touch, Feel Like Falling. But the opener New Generation Slave, with visible influence of Deep Purple, really gets you into the album. The lines like "The truth is/I am a free man/But I can't enjoy my life" or "So how am I doing?Oh, I CAN complain" immediately starts the story about the deficits of contemporary life, which are: lack of a)imagination b) emotions and c) reality. And there is another great ballad, "We Got Used To Us", not as intense as "Left Out", not as catchy as "Conceiving You", but nevertheless equal to them. The longest track, Escalator Shine - dark, imaginative, sometimes reminding of "The Lamb Lies Down Of Broadway" (just a personal impression) could be placed right after "Second Live Syndrome", together with "Hybrid Times". All in all, this album is not a break-up, not as brilliant as "Anno Domini High Definition". But interesting all the same, so the rating of four-stars is well-deserved.
RaphaelT | 4/5 |


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