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Crossover Prog

4.07 | 268 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'El Cielo' - Dredg (9/10)

What we have here is one of the most beautiful, moving albums made in the new millenium. There seem to be alot of people who think that in order to be progressive, you must relinquish some of your emotional impact in order to be innovative and original. Someone should shut those people up, and make them listen to 'El Cielo.'

For 57 blissful minutes, the listener is taken on a brilliant musical journey concerning the medical condition known as sleep paralysis, and the power of dreams. Much of the lyrical content in 'El Cielo' revolves around testimonials and anecdotes of individuals that have either suffered or been enlightened by their reveries. Keeping this in mind, dredg beautifully weave a spectrum of emotions into the musical framework, going from feelings of devotion ('A Walk In The Park') to fear ('18 People Live In Harmony') to melancholy (the most prominent feeling in the album.)

There is such a musical integrity to this album. Despite having a very alternative-rock sound, there's alot of progressive happenings throughout the album, and alot of styles being thrown around. There are parts reminscent of a mellow maudlin Of The Well, the atmospherics and dramatic buildups of Explosions In The Sky the jazz breakdowns of the Mars Volta and alot of something that can only be described as being trademark of dredg themselves.

A total, emotional masterpiece, and one of the greatest modern progressive albums of all time.

Conor Fynes | 5/5 |


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