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New Eden Orchestra

 

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3.26 | 15 ratings

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progrules
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3 stars New Eden Orchestra is a relatively new neoband on the scene I just ran into on a good day. This appears to be a real modern neoband because the songs are short and a bit heavy (at least some of them) and there's also some emotion here and there. Let's see what the individual songs are bringing here:

1. Jihad. This is a very actual theme of course and one of the emotional ones I was referring to. And also one of the heavier songs. Nice intro too, good song: 3,5*.

2. That's Life, here the title says it all. A funny little song with nice lyrics that deal with the life of mr. Average so to speak. The lyrics are better than the music here. Still 3* for this.

3. Ode to the Ex is a short less interesting song. Dispensable. 2,25*

4. Siren's Song is a nice short instrumental but no more. 2,75*.

5. The Golden Fleece. An interesting song with a medieval sounding little part in the middle, the rest of the song is straightforward neo though with nice guitar at the end. 3,25*

6. Daydreams is a short vocal and violin (!) dominated track. Not too brilliant. 3*.

7. Build a better mousetrap is the second with significant lyrics. Faster, faster money is the master. Another life lesson by N.E.O. 3*.

8. Boll Weevils Flee Circus is again a short instrumental. N.E.O. is a band of quantity (number of songs) it seems. 2,25*.

9. Through the Looking Glass is a longer instrumental but again nothing to go overboard about. 3*.

10. Savanas is one with vocals once more, good vocals that is and original thanks to xylophone. 3,25*.

11. The Maelstrom is one of the more heavy tracks, original approach this one. 3,25*.

12. Death and his half brother sleep is a short acoustic guitar (once more) instrumental . 3*.

13. Full is the very gem of this album. Suddenly we hear gorgeous female vocals (Aubrey Garber) in a beautiful duo vocal ballad that reminds a bit of one of the Room V ballads by Shadow Gallery. Different sound though and probably best song of the album. 3,75*.

14. Catacombs is an instrumental with a different impact than all the others. For the first time I hear something like an Orchestra .... Interesting but not mindblowing. 3,25*.

15. Deja View is one of the longer tracks but clocks still below 6:00 minutes. No epics on this album apparently. Good song once again but not exceptional. 3*.

16. Anyman is the instrumental title track and also the longest instrumental. Also this one has orchestral aspects and if you listen well there's something of all previous tracks detactable. Sort of an instrumedly you might say. 3,25*.

17. The last instrumental (Echoes) has some jungle sounds but is too short to have a real impact. 2*.

18. Back to the Tribe is the most commercial sounding song of the album. Don't know if they tried to score at the charts with it but it has the potential for it. Nothing great here. 2,5*.

At least it's nice not to have headaches about the final rating for once. This is a very obvious case of three stars. The most positive I can think of is that it's a versatile album. 18 songs and all very different. It's a pity though that there are hardly any highlights. Full and Jihad are the best by far.

progrules | 3/5 |

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