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Delusion Squared


Crossover Prog

3.87 | 133 ratings

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3 stars Things rolled quite fast for Delusion Squared, a French trio found in 2009 by multi-instrumentalists Steven Francis and Emmanuel de Saint Meen and female singer/acoustic guitarist Lorraine Young, determined to make an impact in the prog world.In September 2010 the group launched a self-titled debut CD, released as a private self-production.It unfolds around a concept story about a young woman, living in a post-nuclear technological world, where she decided to give birth to her baby naturally, disregarding the current gene rules and at the end found guilty of gene piracy.

Musically the album is divided into four sections, strictly connected to the concept story, where the modern approach of Delusion Squared changes between smoother and heavier moments, depending on the needed mood and flirting with the likes of PORCUPINE TREE, IOEARTH or FREQUENCY DRIFT.The first two sections of the album seem to be the more balanced and pleasant.The tracks have a great atmosphere, based on Lorraine Young sensitive vocals and the compositions are well-crafted with very good rhythmic electric guitars, a fair dose of acoustic passages, while the slight guitar distortions and the use of electronics and synthesizers make the sound richer and even more attractive.The closing two sections are significantly softer, obviously inspired by the storyline of the concept, but get dangerously calm compated to the first half of the album.These tracks recall the most mellow moments of KARNATAKA or PAATOS, sounding more melodic, but lacking the great energy of the opening ones.Too much acoustic material and too much piano with very limited electric moments, but they still sound pleasant with some fantastic instrumental parts contained.

Delusion Squared's debut leaves great promises for the future.A talented modern Prog trio with interesting ideas, both regarding their music and their concept stories, in need of finding a slightly more balanced sound.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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