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3.56 | 69 ratings

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4 stars Buckle in tight. This one is a real ride.

What a fantastic piece of work this is. There are so many good moments of gentle and mellow progressing to (and often exploding into) moments of heart pounding, double-kick, wall-of-sound, mayhem. Strong composition and creativity pour through this album. It's clear that a lot of time and effort went into getting this just right. Just right.

Don't be afraid of references that you will read of death metal growls. They are tastefully and judiciously used to add contract to Barry's beautiful, smooth vocals. Fans of Opeth (mid and later) will likely enjoy this album. Speaking of Opeth, there are parts, particularly in WoolGatherer where I am reminded of moments in Storm Corrosion where Mikael and Steven Wilson were chasing some scary, Scott Walker vibe. There's also a haunting interlude reminiscent of those on Tool's FI.

This is a dark album. Dark is the dominant mood, but there are still many nice, acoustic or well-orchestrated parts to give some balance, and Barry's vocals have a nice, sound throughout. There's also Identifier, which rocks some fantastic quitar riffs and barely explores some slightly more upbeat, almost pop-rock themes. Well, not really, it's still melancholic as a whole and it mixes in completely anarchistic changes and metal. There's nothing wrong with that!

This album is a really enjoyable listen. It's full of surprises and very interesting. It's one that you can try to put on in the background, but you will find that it routinely demands your attention with it's twists and turns. When it isn't demanding your attention, you will find yourself moving along to the varied rhythms as it maintains a pull. Give it your full attention and enjoy it even more.

Don't miss out on the bonus tracks which include a good cover of Radiohead's, "Everything in Its Right Place". They are as good as the rest of the album.

I listened to this album three time's back to back last night and again today with a fresh set of ears. Yep. She's Epic. Well done!

Michael919 | 4/5 |


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