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3.37 | 51 ratings

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2 stars A long time in the making, The Fruit Fallen is the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist James Byron Schoen who along with the help of numerous other musicians has produced a very eclectic mix of prog. There are elements of symphonic, folk and metal present. As well as the usual array of keyboards, guitars, drums etc the soundscape is broadened by the addition of flute, cello and violin.

The music is fairly complex with a lot going on and a number of longer pieces where the band can display their musical chops which are very good. Unfortunately despite having the potential to be a very good album it's all a little unmemorable. Schoen couldn't be described as any more than an adequate vocalist and a lack of strong melodies make each track largely forgotten as they come and go, even after numerous plays. Occasional moments of inspiration lift things here and there but it is usually frustratingly short lived before delving again into competent mediocrity.

The best is saved until last; The Reunion which on first appearances seems to be a 22 minute epic but around halfway there's a long silence and an unnamed song starts. The first half in particular shows some potential with stronger melodies both vocally and musically. Unfortunately though it's all too little too late. A few more tracks along the lines of this could have raised its rating by a star.

Overall then disappointing but the music is well played and with such an eclectic blend of styles I wouldn't write them off just yet.

Nightfly | 2/5 |


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