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Green Carnation


Experimental/Post Metal

3.89 | 156 ratings

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3 stars I typically do not like "unplugged" or "acoustic" version of any band. But for prog met bands? Hmmm . I really wanted to try them. First of all when I listened to Pain of Salvation "12:05" I really like it very much. I admire Pain of Salvation because in fact with acoustic version they still can project energy and enthusiasm in their music. For Green Carnation? I really did not know because I could not imagine after enjoying the heavy side of Green Carnation through its "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" I really did not think that listening to acoustic version of Green Carnation would be interesting. But I gave it a try, anyway, and to my surprise . I like it!

Of course whenever I enjoy the acoustic version of rock bands I always associate my mind with the band in its original setting (electric version) and not comparing to the true acoustic music like Simon and Garfunkle or Joan Baez or Bob Dylan or Jose Feliciano. This album in its entirety delivers a stream of acoustic music nicely with a bland of acoustic guitar, piano and vocal harmonies. Each track is good in composition as well as production. When I first listened to this album I did not feel something special until it reached track 3 "Maybe?". Since I found this track, I trace back other music subtleties until finally I found "joy" in listening to this album. I don't know why it happened to me like that. It might be due to the fact that this third track has "similar" vein with Pain of Salvation "12:05" album. The way vocal delivers the notes as well as acoustic guitar plays the rhythm section and the string section that accompanies them make the music so excellent. The keyboard solo in the middle of the track sounds excellent to my ears due to its long sustain punch. It's hard to deny this as good track from this album. Really good, indeed.

Well, actually I have no problem with previous two tracks. The opening track "Sweet Leaf" is actually a good one to start the album with good vocal line and combined efforts of acoustic guitar and string section through keyboard. "The Burden is Mine . Alone" is also a good song as well. It starts with excellent acoustic guitar work and transparent vocal line. "Alone" has a great violin / cello work that accompanies the music nicely.

Overall, I would say that this is a very good acoustic album. The melody and harmonies of each song are excellent. Each song has good structure and all songs in the album form a cohesive music as a whole. If I compare with Pain of Salvation's acoustic album, this one is much softer, less dynamic. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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