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4.09 | 1079 ratings

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2 stars It's a very boring work. Mostly it consists of slow laid back tracks, with spacy guitar, spacy keyboards, a little meatier bass, prolongated singing. Some if these songs are nice if lightweight (Angelina, for example) and would be welcome as breaks in a more diverse album. But not only one CD, but TWO filled with such lifeless stuff? And they also book-end the disks with two of the most boring epics. Another one, the 17 minute Oceancloud, in the middle of the album, is more dramatic, but still short on melody.

It is telling the most memoriful tracks are the two quasi hit singles, the simple country-dance-ish Don't hurt yourself, and You're gone with its techno-ish loop - obviuosly outdated, but still giving the song some kick. So, to sum up, you could say that the aim here is for atmosphere, with a couple of pop songs for the extra buck. But there is nothing original in the atmosphere they aim at, and there are examples out there in same style, but with much more melody and substance.

Progrussia | 2/5 |


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