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3.48 | 32 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
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3 stars This is a nice instrumental album with plenty of symphonic arrangements. The tone is mostly rather light with a few heavy and fast moments thrown in, though I feel they don't really accomplish much. Flutes are the driving instruments here, and the musicians really power through the solos and accompaniments. I was quite impressed with this. Aside from that, the other instruments are lackluster, especially the drums.

This album has problems, though. The structures are messy. Very messy. The flutes overpower everything else, and erase any subtlety that may have been displayed in the other instruments. Sometimes, it seems like the flutes are playing a different song entirely. Sometimes it's the violins that feel this way. The album just comes across as beautiful, but incoherent and chaotic. Maybe that's what they wanted, but it doesn't make for a good listening experience. It's a pretty album, but the music needs work and maturity.

Second Life Syndrome | 3/5 |


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