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Half Past Four


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3.75 | 31 ratings

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4 stars If you're looking for something unusual and a bit off the beaten path, this debut effort from Canadian ensemble Half Past Four might just be an effort to explore.

Thirteen quirky, offbeat yet highly melodic efforts are served up here, unpredictable efforts combining clean melodies and sophisticated compositional structures with dampened dissonant effects and rougher, more primitive musical elements as another central part of the package.

Quite a few numbers tends to explore musical territories that should sound familiar to fans of Gentle Giant, while others - at least in my ears - sounded more similar to an act like Madness in their stylistic expressions. And while quirky art rock and what I find to sound pretty much like ska make up some of the genres that have influenced this act, punk, jazz, ragtime, flamenco and even some tango inspired passages appear as well - some more often than others. Add in some offbeat humour Zappa would have approved and a vocalist that made me think of Toyah Wilcox and you -might- just have a notion of what this album is about.

While nowhere near avantgarde in style, this quirky yet melodic affair should be of interest to those who like challenging music - especially if they don't mind more than occasional dips into the mainstream musical pool.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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