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DESTINED SOLITAIRE

Beardfish

 

Eclectic Prog

3.97 | 447 ratings

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Marty McFly
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5 stars Let's make it short and jump right into the tracks. This I wrote as I listen to it for the first time, so this review is quite a experimental.

First one, "Awaken the Sleeping" can remind their last two albums with its name. Similar theme, but as far as I can hear, it has nothing much similar. Little bit crazy, instrumental song with good 10sec (my term for first sounds on first track which are important, at least for me). It fades slowly into silence. After few listens it reminds me "Cashflow" in some ways.

and "Destined Solitare" begins with heavy sound, heavier than in last album's -South of the Border". I feared the repeating of old themes, but I'm quite surprised. In a good way of this word, it offers even word "fucking", I have to mention that this band don't use these words at all, till this case. Not so melodic, somewhat darker sound. I have to say that I'm not translating lyrics at the moment, so they can be quite irritating. Or very well written, it remains mystery for now. This track also contains nice guitar work, nice solos (not Han Solos). Oh my god, this vocal on 4:50 is like death metal growl. This blows instantly into *As LiquidEternity pointed out, they had S-word

"Until You Comply/Entropy" which contains singer's nice and clear vocals supported by keyboard which are strong here. And another F-word here, it's like purpose. Oh, they are playing with this word. Nice try, it works well. Well, this "Entropy" thing starts with fast waltz rhythm, that it sounds like circus music. But where are drums ? They disappeared for a moment. I almost lacked the waltz time signature from last album. And now it's here again, is this becoming band's tradition to use this ?

"In Real Life There's No Algebra". Well, bye bye brain as lyrics are saying. Song full of crazy words, that for Frank Zappa influence. Of course, I can't get these lyrics as Englishman can, but they're interesting for sure. When talking about musical style, it's kinda fast and quickly changing. Yeah, monkey see - monkey do. It's hard to switch off the brain, but believe me, you're gonna need it for this song. To fully understand it.

"Where The Rain Comes In" can't be taken literally. Well, imagine remote house in wilderness, you sitting near window and then opening it and watching raindrops falling on floor. Now forget all of this, this song is nothing like this. Only when you close your eyes and fade slowly into story. One can't take this band seriously, because of their all-time-present craziness. No offense, I like it. But you can't take this song as (for example) old fashioned love songs. The more you listen to it, the better for you. Now I feel I'm part of the story. Very pleasant song. Slow and gentle. You're gonna love it. Of course, it also have everything you expect from prog rock. Mellotron is so fine.

"At Home, Watching Movies" (I'm at home, listening Beardfish), is this supposed to be some kind of interlude ? They are offering some guitar work with lyrics (which contain word "rain" again, maybe there's a connection)

"Coup de Grace" has wonderful accordion tune. When I hear this instrument, I imagine France. You know what I mean, this tango thing connected with Paris. How the hell are they doing this, how they can blend so many things together and still sounds good. In fact it would be nice to be killed by accordion (I imagine full penetration of body organs, something right under ribs, something like being nailed), while listening this song . Except this acc. sound there's, for Beardfish typical, weird (really creepy) keyboard sound. Hard to describe.

"Abigail's Questions" is probably the strangest track here. After some words with Rev Mr. LiquidEternity (hello and thank you for encouraging me at all), we came to conclusion that they have something similar. Cut from message: ///They begin with similar style of playing, even Beardfish offer it later. It's this unmelodic change of tone, Abigail is more melody like. But in the end of Abigail there is this voice saying science things. It's very similar to thing in Inca Road. But of course, Abigail is still interesting, more targeted to vocals, clearer guitars playing more melodic music and also instruments are different. Conclusion: I think these tracks share similar things, but I see Inca Road as a perfect example of inspiration, no plagiarism. What do you think ? /// Another thing came into my mind, it's probably the best approach to science by prog music that I know. Maybe "that is existing"-

But with last track, I'm really puzzled. After perfect album I get average song with not much to offer (in contrast to rest of songs). Normal track, better average. But it's so average, that you can't tell for sure what it means at all. As some wise man said in past (about some album), it has all ingredients of good prog (Beardfish) song, but it's not perfect.

But except this one, it's masterpiece. 5ive stars (in true Beardfish playful style)

5(+), I'm still stunned, even two months ago. Also, I first just rated this and then wrote a review, so this is why I'm at first place. I wrote half of this review at the end of July, then I completed it in August.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |

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