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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Paint The Picture (7:03)
2. Rough Draft (6:14)
3. What To Say (4:20)
4. Bite My Tongue (5:41)
5. Colors Fade (5:25)
6. Juggling Knives (5:02)
7. Black Eyes & Broken Glass (4:33)
8. Elyse (5:47)
9. Shell Of A Man (6:01)
10. Broken Wave (5:22)
11. Traces (7:19)
12. Know That (1:27)

Total Time: 64:00

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Line-up / Musicians

- Doug Ott / guitars
- Ted Leonard / vocals
- Paul Craddick / drums
- Mike Geimer / keyboards
- Ed Platt / bass

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3.81
(111 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
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Review by Greger
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4 stars ENCHANT are a band I have heard a lot about, but never had the chance to hear until now. My first impression was very good. My first thought were that they sounded like RUSH, but as I listened through the album I found that it wasn't the whole truth. There's also reminiscences to DREAM THEATER, LUCIFER WAS, MARILLION, SPOCK'S BEARD and 80's YES here and there. Their song-oriented music is somewhere between melodic mainstream rock, AOR, Prog Metal and progressive rock, with a modern sound and strong compositions. The vocals are a blend of Neil Morse (SPOCK'S BEARD) and Steve Hogarth (MARILLION) and therefore very good. There are plenty of reasons to chant for ENCHANT!

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Posted Thursday, March 04, 2004

Review by Menswear
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5 stars Art rock at his very, very best.

Enchant really defines what's art rock: simpler than regular progressive rock but compensate in excitement and skills. The band has incredible live potential, so what you hear in studio will be reproduced perfectly in concert...so we're talking about new standards in technics. Simply put, since Rush, no one made my foot stomp, my heart sing or amazed me in melody like those people.

Enchant's last 3 albums are like omelettes. You got eggs and milk, now put whatever you want in it. So basically Blink on an Eye, Tug of War and this one has pretty much the same songs canvas. Your eggs and milk are great guitar/bass/drums hooks and modern keyboard support mixed with the pleasant voice of Ted Leonard. That's it. It really doesn't go as far as this on paper...but in your ears, it's all getting together into good humor and a true sense of sonical amazement.ā

Where Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 (love that title!) is above the other 2 records stated is basically the amount of goodies. You have more good songs in this record than any other one, so the purchase is more paying in this case. On top on that, I saw that in concert, they play more songs of this album than any other. Great!

Unlike compatriotes like Rush, Enchant needs a lot of listening to enjoy properly. Sometimes the songs are so complex, it whistles through your ears and you couldn't really figure out the chorus. Don't expect too high comprehension at first, but you'll surely understand why I state Rush as their greatest influences (like in Paint the Picture! Aw man, Xanadu rip-off!!)

This album represents very well the new generation of incredible gearheads kidz playing their heart out. The new age of progressive rock now mixes accessible sounds to skillful musicianship.

Amateurs of real musicianship are warned; Enchant is hard to top.

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Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars This was the first album of the band I heard, when they relese in 2000. Then i was not impresse by this band, but now when i listen to a tone of music, more progressive (90%), i like'em very much. Great art rock album. Every instrument sound good, and i think this is the best album from Enchant, just an opinion. I like this one more then other albums of this band. I might say this is an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

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Posted Monday, February 13, 2006

Review by The T
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3 stars In the tradition of the American Way of progressive rock, Enchant's style is a perfect mix of progressiveness and rock, technique but with restrain, brilliant compositions but within a song-oriented approach; their songs ROCK before they PROG (let's say that's a verb here), their musicians play for the song's sake rather than for showing-off's sake; their tracks are longer than the average rock tunes (at about 7 minutes) but they never reach the "epic" level, nor they pretend to.

If there's something I really like about this band is the lyrics: mostly written by then- drummer Paul Craddick or guitar-player/main composer Doug Ott, (and in latter albums by singer Ted Leonard), they deal about a lot of real-life subjects or real-life-related feelings, like the feeling a monday wakes up in a man, or the feeling that this life is a rogh draft for your epitaph. The good thing about this lyrics is that they speak about this matters but using interesting metaphores, ingenius concepts (like the aforementioned Draft) and actually rhyming verses (not that this matters that much but credit's due where it's due).

So how does this San Fransisco band sound? Well, a would put it in this simple formula: they are 60% Enchant, 30% Kansas and 10%(mostly in this album) Rush. They have their unique sound, a straight-forward rock adorned with usually clean guitars, great bass lines (good knowledge of harmony they show), lush solos. But they owe a lot to the pioneers of the American Way of Prog-rockin: their progressive-yet-song-friendly approach is much reminiscent of that of Kansas; also, they tend to use acoustic guitars in the choruses, much like in Leftoverture; and third, Ted Leonard, the singer: he has a veru good voice, and when he raises it he sound almost like Steve Walsh's clone. As I listened to Enchant before discovering Kansas, when I first heard Leftoverture I really got a confusion in my head, for I thought it was Enchant's vocalist, not Walsh, singing there. Finally, they owe something to Rush, especially in some riffs like that of the first track, Paint The Picture, which sounds very, very close to the one in the Canadian master's Xanadu. But I repeat: those are only the normal influences you can detect in mostly any band, for the main core of their sound is completely, totally their own.

This is a good, very good album, which I'd have rated higher if it didn't have two problems: one, Leonard himself. He's a terrific singer, but at times (the most mellow ones) his voice can get a little annoying, because it sounds too, well, studio-polished, too radio-friendly, and, well, I'll say it, too....boy-band-ish. Yes, only at certain moments, the otherwise fantastic singer annoys me when he reminds me of one of those factory-made singer/dancers. I prefer him at his most Walsh-ish, or better yet, at his own LEONARD. The second problem I have is with the overall song quality: after a brilliant, 5-STAR worthy star (the first 5 songs are truly amazing, and the 6th is the album's best), this record suddenly collapses into 6 really boring, worthless, rushed tracks.

So what could've been a 5 is a 3. But those, like me, who like Enchant, can dig further in their catalog for their latest album (Tug of War) adresses this problems and puts the San Fransisco-ers in the upper status of prog-rock. The album that came before that one and after the one reviewed here (Blink of an Eye) repeats the same flaws as Juggling 9: great start, mediocre ending. But that's matter for other reviews. In the end, a enjoyable album, if deeply flawed.

highlights: 1. Paint The Picture 2. Rough Draft 4. Bite My Tongue 6. Juggling Knives

Recommended for: all lovers of good prog. Specially for lovers of American Way of Prog-rockin, and also for Kansas/Steve Walsh fans. But i general, to every person that wishes to add a very entertaining and quality album to their collection.

Not recommended for: American prog-bashers, and those with problems digesting high- pitched, teen-band-sounding voices.

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Posted Saturday, October 28, 2006

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. This band can really write meaningful songs about every day life. This record is toned down a lot from their previous release "Break".

"Paint The Picture" is a melodic song that sounds great with some terrific bass lines and lots of keys, guitar and drums. "Rough Draft" opens with some fairly heavy riffs, followed by an almost reggae beat. This is a feel good song. "What To Say" features heart rending lyrics about the thoughts of a man who is in a hospital and can't speak or move, and is going to die soon. Incredibly emotional song. "Bite My Tongue" is an uptempo song that doesn't do a lot for me. "Colors Fade" opens with classical guitar, and I really like it when the guitar and bass comes in.

"Juggling Knives" is a song about stretching yourself too thin. The title of this record is a line in this song. There are lots of keys in this one and the guitar melody towards the end is fabulous. "Black Eyes And Broken Glass" is a sombre song about abuse, great tune. "Elyse" is about Ted's baby daughter. The guitar solo to open and throughout are really good. "Shell Of A Man" is about alzheimers disease and is the first song they ever did with a lead bass. "Broken Wave" is my favourite song on this record. Probably because it's about a woman walking on the beach, looking at the water and just thinking about life. This is a hauntingly beautiful song. "Traces" is a catchy song with a great ending. "Know That" is really the conclusion of "What to Say" only it's acoustic .

Overall I would say this record is a good listen, with the lyrics being the highlight here.

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Posted Sunday, November 26, 2006

Review by progrules
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5 stars A significant feature of Enchant is to my believe that they don't produce any poor or sloppy songs to fill their albums with. Downside to this is they hardly write any real masterpieces, that is where individual songs are concerned. Best example of this is Juggling 9 or dropping 10; this album is a great overall performance with 12 very acceptable songs. Like I said, there are no weaknesses on this one, some slight highlights like Broken Wave (great guitar at the end), Traces (very nice composition) and What to Say/Know That (two related sensitive songs, real great) and also Elyse (bit like Broken Wave). The rest is a little unobtrusive but still excellent.

So this is a great example of a high-class overall performance, one of two possibilities where I give 5 stars. So it's 5 for Juggling.

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Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Review by Moatilliatta
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3 stars Enchant never made a masterpiece, but this is where they came the closest. Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 is rife with varietal, but always melodic Rush-meets-Neo-prog songs, staring the fabulous guitar work of Doug Ott. While I don't mean to disparage what the rest of the band brings to the table, it seems to me that most of the time it is Ott's impassioned solos or riffs that captivate me the most. However, it would be unfair of me not to note the quality of Ed Platt's basslines, or Ted Leonard's memorable melodies. Really though, the band works together to form a very cohesive sound throughout, where the band members know their place, and don't go overboard with fills, but when they get their opportunity to fill a gap, they do so with great taste and dexterity. In fact, often times, each member of the band works together to form dense riffs, as opposed to the drums and bass holding the roots while the guitar or keyboard manages the lead by themselves. Every member has an important role in creating the melodies and atmosphere, placing the whole over the individual, and it works out very nicely. So, while these songs could end up just being songs, they become something much more.

The only thing that holds them back from making masterpieces, especially here, is that they put a little too much focus on the individual and not the whole. Those reading carefully will recall that I had just said the opposite about them merely sentences ago. Before, I was speaking of the content of the songs; this time I am referring to what they do with those songs. The album layout is a key element of music, and it is one of the reasons pop albums are often unbearable. Pop albums are just a bunch of unrelated songs, following similar structural formulas and so on and so forth. Enchant is far from being a pop band - though they may be quite accessible given their constantly melodic and easy to follow material - but their albums are basically a collection of unrelated songs. This makes the album less of an all-inclusive experience, regardless of how enjoyable it may be. Fortunately, Enchant don't degrade themselves to write pop songs. They put a lot of effort into these songs, and each song is a different experience in itself. You won't get bored at any point in this album; in fact, you will probably enjoy just about every second of this album. The only downside is that you really won't be jaw-drop-wowed, nor will you have a sentimental attachment to this album. Although emotionally charged songs like "What to Say," whose melodies are reprised to form the last track (the only album-mindedness to be found) will definitely have you internally crying, you wouldn't put on the whole album just to have that singular experience. Of course, if every song is magically touching for you, that last sentence may not apply.

Point is, this is a great album, filled with many positives, and one or two negatives. Besides the song-oriented approach being a small negative, one could argue that the album doesn't hold the same level in quality during the second half. While I would say that all of the album's highlights are found in the first half, there are still a bunch of great songs in the second, which probably aren't far off from being highlights themselves. It is also worth noting that the lyrics are pretty strong as well. The topics can be related to, and they are addressed with some neat metaphors.

If you are interested in Enchant, this is the album you need to look into.

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Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Review by UMUR
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4 stars The fourth ( I still donīt cound Time Lost as a real studio album, if you do this is the fifth album) studio album from Enchant called Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 is the highlight of their discography IMO. If I should give an advice to someone curious about Enchant I would tell them to start here even though Break would be a good place to start too. There has been a clear development in style and sound since Break which was a pretty stripped down album when weīre talking Enchant. Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 is a much more elaborate and detailed album. Break was full of good soft progressive metal/ rock songs but Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 takes the style to a higher level even though the main style is much the same.

The music is soft progressive metal/ rock with the emphasis on vocal melodies and not technical playing as many other progressive metal acts seem to favourise. The structure in the music isnīt very complex either. The songs are pretty much vers chorus based with a few middle sections and solos to add some flavour. I donīt normally favour this type of approach but I think it works very well for Enchant.

The are many great songs like Paint The Picture, Rough Draft, Bite My Tongue, Broken Wave and Traces on Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 and I only find Elyse and especially Shell Of A Man to be mediocre tunes which I think the album could have done without. As mentioned there is great focus on the vocal melodies that Ted Leonard sings and his approach has become even better on Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 than it was on Break. He uses his low register more and more while still reaching the high register frequently. I would call his vocal a mix of Ray Alder from Fates Warning and Buddy Lackey from Psychotic Waltz. Listen to Ted Leonardīs singing in Bite My Tonque. It could have been Ray Alder. And listen to his singing in Traces. Itīs very influenced by Buddy Lackey. He is not a ripp-off though there are just similarities that canīt be denied.

The rest of the band are very accomplished musicians. The quality in the the playing is very high.

The production is godly IMO. This is how modern prog metal should sound like. Itīs one of my favorite productions on any progressive metal album.

Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 is a very good album that fully deserves the 4 stars I will rate it and I will recommend it to fans of soft emotional progressive metal/ rock. The music is generally very commercial and reaches into pop territory more than once but there are heavy riffs here too so donīt worry. I think Enchant reached their creative peak on Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 and the quality in songwriting unfortunately wasnīt as good or catchy on the following two albums. Drummer and co-composer Paul Craddick left the band after Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 and it might have been one of the reasons. The fact is that Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 stands as Enchantīs finest hour IMO.

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Posted Friday, May 30, 2008

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
5 stars I bought this album on a whim, knowing nothing of the band whatsoever, judging it solely on the cover art. The drive from the mall to my home then was forty-five minutes, and so I got ample time to sample the offerings presented here. What an excellent and unexpected purchase! All five musicians of the band work together tightly but at the same time stand out as individuals. I especially like Ed Platt's bass playing, which is never ostentatious, but cannot go unnoticed. Ted Leonard's voice goes from soft to prevailing, as it will through the album. I appreciate his voice because it's always clean, allowing the listener to very clearly hear the lyrics. It's sad that Douglas Ott is such an overlooked guitarists, and while he can certainly shred, he does not let a hundred notes a second dominate the album. Paul Craddick's drumming is superb throughout. Mike Geimer, the keyboardist, is the least heard member, I think, but his role in filling out the sound is extremely important.

"Paint the Picture" With a powerful guitar and deep bass, the album gets off to a fantastic and strong start, and that synthesizer is like an exclamation point that runs through the whole introduction until the music pulls back, leaving acoustic guitar and a great bass riff. The singing is pleasant from start to finish, and right from the beginning one can hear how proficient the musicians are together. It's a great opener, and it always makes me eager to hear the rest of the album.

"Rough Draft" One of my favorites on this album, "Rough Draft" has a commanding introduction, adding a ninth to basic power chords to produce an interesting progression. The lyrics are voiced over a clever bass riff played in 5/4. The lyrics are brilliant (as they will often be), this time reflecting on death, and how we should be mindful that how we live today will influence how we are remembered tomorrow.

"What to Say" What to say is right- what can I say about this one without running out of superlatives? I cannot listen to this song without the skin all over my arms standing up in thousands of bumps. The lyrics describe the harrowing prospect of a father passing on and leaving his family behind- what can he say to his son that will stick with the child? The vocal melody changes from line to line almost, which keeps the song fresh. Then the chorus happens- Leonard's voice explodes into some of the most soulful singing these ears have ever heard. Ott delivers a short but impressive guitar solo before Leonard returns to the microphone for a terse bridge and another chilling chorus. In the final moments, the line is repeated: "Don't let the memory fade."

"Bite My Tongue" More of a straightforward rock song, this one is less memorable than the three that came before, but is still a very good song, and with the exception of the Spanish-style music toward the end, it fits the tenor of the rest of the album.

"Colors Fade" My personal favorite from this album, "Colors Fade" starts with acoustic instruments that blend seamlessly into a full, electric version of the same music. The acoustic guitars become electric, the bass, a chunky-sounding solid body, and the piano, a synthesizer. The bass-playing during the chorus is especially good, and Ott delivers a fiery solo. The electric instruments fade out as the song comes to a close, leaving us with the acoustic instruments from before. The lyrics discuss how everything, no matter how beautiful, eventually go away.

"Juggling Knives" What is sort of the title track starts off with funky bass and solid drumming. I don't much care for the guitar interlude, to be honest, but the vocal melody is quite good. The instrumental section contains a layer of sound and a rare synthesizer solo. Like "Bite My Tongue," the song is great, but I don't find it to be among the best here.

"Black Eyes & Broken Glass" After several rockers, Enchant plays something that starts off softer, with basic acoustic guitar and Leonard singing. There is some overpowering electric guitar during the chorus, though, and Ott's solo this time is a little plain.

"Elyse" While I never cared for the loud and raunchy guitar riff the begins this one, I have to say that this is one of my favorites from this album. Everything else about this song is exceptional; now that I am a parent I can savor the lyrics with even greater insight. The words describe a daughter from the perspective of a father, and do so in a most poetic way. The heavy music is a stark contrast to the delicate lyrics; Ott shreds almost throughout his solo and gives his whammy bar a little workout. I especially like the vocal harmonies here.

"Shell of a Man" In all honesty, "Shell of a Man" is a song I could have done without. The riffs and vocal melody don't seem to go together, and Leonard's voice is too low in the mix and grating anyway. The lyrics are subpar, and the music is bland. This time around, Ott's guitar solo is nothing special. It's a hard song to get into, and worse, it drags on for over six minutes.

"Broken Wave" Good, but not stellar, this song does have a good clean guitar riff once again in 5/4, a time signature this band seems very comfortable working in. Overall, the song is satisfying, but some parts stand out more than others, such as the chorus.

"Traces" The band finally slows things down and becomes quiet with this jazz-tinged song. Once more, the melody is very creative and highly enjoyable, particularly that of the chorus. I do believe the middle section takes too long to build, and during that time, Leonard's voice can become unwelcome, but in reality, this segment is great opportunity for Craddick to show what he's made of on the throne, and Ott takes one final chance to let it rip on the electric guitar.

"Know That" I have heard this method on several albums I really enjoy, that of reprising part of an earlier song acoustically and ending the album that way. It's especially effective here, emphasizing the outstanding and emotional song, "What to Say." What beauty in a mere ninety seconds!

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Posted Friday, December 05, 2008

Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
4 stars Not a single drop in quality.

Enchant is definitely not one of these superbands that produce majestic records often and make record critics throw superlatives at them. ''J9 or D10'' however, is one of these albums that can blow you away if you come unprepared... Very solid record, with strong melodies (particularly in refrains), competent rhythm section and intelligent guitar riffs. They blend different music elements so effectively that you cannot easily discover direct musical references for the origins of this album. The only band that comes into mind when I listen to ''J9 or D10'' is Tiles; however, the influence of Rush is not so evident in this occasion.

By far the most important asset in this work is the mere ENERGY throughout; powerful compositions, a 'fresh' and 'new' uplifting sound that is accompanied by the vivid vocals of Ted Leonard, which at times may sound too commercial or even 'cheesy' to most proggers. Although the influences from bands like Dream Theater and Rush are present, the compositional approach of the album does not relate to any of them. Clearly an 'American' sound, ''J9 or D10'' takes indeed a quite 'commercial' approach (possibly even pop at times), as the songs are relatively simple and straightforward with no big surprises and epic intervals. Despite the powerful melodic refrains there is a similar structure to most of the songs, which one might find repetitive or even boring; not the case here if you ask me.

One of the highly interesting features in Enchant's music is the selective use of slightly distorted and clean electric guitars that, at times, remind of Sieges Even and related bands. If you are looking for highlights, I have to suggest the great sequence of Bite my Tongue, Colors Fade, Juggling Knives that mostly represent the overall sound of the album. The lyrical Broken Wave beautifully sums up the story. The album concludes nicely with Know That, an acoustic 'reprise' of What to Say. Unfortunately, I am not fully aware of Enchant's latest albums so as to fully evaluate the importance of this record, but as a 'stand alone' effort this is definitely rewarding for the listener and surely a great improvement from their previous works. If you are keen on 'modern heavy prog', then this is a great addition for your collection.

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Posted Monday, March 23, 2009

Review by Tapfret
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2 stars Juggling 9 or dropping 10?or rating 2?

Sub-genre: Heavy Prog
For Fans of: Porcupine tree, the heavier side of some neo-prog.
Vocal Style: Male, upper mid-range AOR style.
Guitar Style: Chorused, mildly distorted to clean.
Keyboard Style: Varied synthesis. Piano and organ sounds.
Percussion Style: Standard rock kit.
Bass Style: Standard picked rock electric
Other Instruments: None.
You are not likely to enjoy this album if: you are sensitive to "radio" sounds and vocal passages, as I am.



Summary: The first time I listened to this album I was sitting with a friend who said within the first 5 seconds, "Man, this version of Xanadu is way off." Well, it was not a cover of the Rush classic we were listening to, it was the album's opener Paint the Picture. It was amongst the scarce moments of a discernible progressive rock feel. All around this album is the pang of a commercial delivery. The often Glen Frey-ish AOR sounding vocal passages, generic arrangements and dynamically flat mix all paint a mundane, uninteresting picture. Juggling 9 or dropping 10 is progressives analog to convenience store sushi. Here and there are breaks and bridges that hint of a non-commercial complexity, but the sappy pseudo-feeling comes triumphantly riding back in on the next verse or chorus. And it just keeps coming. At 64 minutes the album seems as if it will never end. This is the way of 21st century recording. At least an album like this in the 70's and 80's would round itself off at 45 minutes top. The most complimentary I can be about this release from Enchant is that the musicianship is proficient and the delivery is safe. It's the kind of music you can play in a grocery store to prevent rioting in the aisles.



Final Score: I get this icky "I'm listening to something with a strictly commercial target" feeling all over when I listen to this. There is enough quality musicianship here that it will find fans, as well as avoid relegation to 1 star. This type of album, out of sync and off key would really make it a crime against nature. It was barely saved from the trash heap. I just find myself bored to no end? well, 64 minutes to the end anyway. 2 stars.

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5 stars When I heard a song from theoasis.cc, I gambled to buy this album.. That time I even dont know what was the title of the song,, but I really loved it since the first time I hear the song.. Later I know that it was 'What to Say" from Juggling 9 or Dropping 10 I bought the album in a situation ... (read more)

Report this review (#226608) | Posted by mcxwell | Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I can't say enough good things about this band in general. They are melodic, and have infectious hooks that you find yourself humming all day. The only drawback is that at times the lyrics can be cheesy and try too hard. Juggling... is a great way to get into this band. It has a great combinat ... (read more)

Report this review (#198331) | Posted by KayleighsDad | Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars It doesn't sounds bad or good. There are good moments here and there but I would say that this is mostly boring. This is that kind of music highly settled and which doesn't surprise in any way. It's just melodic with neo/heavy prog influences and it also has a bit of mainstream/pop feeling. This ... (read more)

Report this review (#159823) | Posted by petrica | Saturday, January 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is easily my favourite album by Enchat, every single song is awesome. The melodies, the words, the band work as a whole makes me shiver everytime I listen to this jewel. If you think there are beautiful songs, you haven't listened to What To Say. If you think you have listened to it all, then ... (read more)

Report this review (#135707) | Posted by painofdamnation | Saturday, September 01, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Enchant's Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10 was my second encounter to the band. Again, I was immediately floored the first time I got into the opening track "Paint The Picture", especially the guitar solo part starting approximately at 4:15 minute. I could die just listening to that solo part. Anothe ... (read more)

Report this review (#79691) | Posted by ydewata | Sunday, May 28, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This was the first album of the band I heard...in a store in Paris, some years ago. I remember perfectly that moment, because it was the exact moment that I felt in love with this prog (?) band. the first notes of the opener Paint the Picture seem to copy Xanadu from Rush, and it's not only an ... (read more)

Report this review (#52401) | Posted by Octamarium | Thursday, October 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars After a fiery opening riff that sounds like an escapee from Rush's Xanadu, Enchant's "Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10" becomes a record of smooth, accessible neo-prog with dramatic crescendos, owing as much to melodic rock structures as to the cerebral tendencies of its prog ancestors. Indeed, beaut ... (read more)

Report this review (#1911) | Posted by | Tuesday, July 06, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars first time I heard this album, it instantly got my interest. the opening track "Paint The Picture" is really attractive with its melodious intro which reminds me of RUSH. what a nice opener! although you find the sounds of MARILLION (Hogart era), KANSAS and RUSH here, but ENCHANT has their own ... (read more)

Report this review (#1910) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 01, 2004 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I think enchant has suffered from the constant diminishin, rather than changing, of their line up. since their first recording, I havent heard from them anything as good(I dont have all their records). in this one they got stuck in the same song structure, and ultimately it gets boring. Theres ... (read more)

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