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THE ART OF MADNESS

The Psychedelic Ensemble

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Windhawk
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4 stars "The Art of Madness" is the initial effort of a US-based composer and multi-instrumentalist who prefer to stay anonymous, and was initially self-released in 2009. Musea Records would subsequently sign the artist.

And if this debut album is an indicator of what's in store later on, fans of sophisticated art rock has quite a lot to look forward to. A concept album dealing with the topics of sanity and insanity - madness if you like - and it's relation to art. A number of stylistic expressions are covered, from a laidback gentle version of symphonic rock to more richly textured atmospheric creations with a nod or three in the direction of late 70's Pink Floyd. There's even room for a chaotic, dissonant slightly embellished classical chamber piece in the shape of Apparition.

Those who love concept albums, find pleasure in songs lasting for an hour and have a soft spot for late 70's Pink Floyd should make up the perfect audience for this album. And while perhaps not quite as breathtaking as the masters of old this is a good quality production through and through, and a very promising first CD from this US artist.

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Starhammer
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1 stars "Cool story bro..."

The inspiration for this album came from an exhibition comprising of pieces of art created by patients of a psychiatric centre. Each song explores a different manifestation of madness.

The Good: It is music.

The Bad: As many new prog bands are heavily influenced by already established acts, when listening to them you are sometimes left with a strong sense of déjà vu. This isn't always a bad thing as many add a new twist, or revive older styles whilst still making them sound fresh and enjoyable. However after countless listens to this album I can only describe it as a bland, C-rate Pink Floyd clone that brings absolutely nothing new to the table. There are no songs that really stand out and, whilst concept albums are meant to be enjoyed as a whole, just reaching the end of this is a relief.

The Verdict: The only mad thing about this is the $14.99 price tag.

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