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3.03 | 13 ratings

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2 stars Poland has delivered several very good prog bands. Some in the neo-prog vein, which is OK.

Now, to tell you that the Annalist debut were great is another matter?Actually, it is a decent album with some (few) catchy items; but frankly: there is nothing from the other world in here.

The first moment of emotion is the instrumental "Spirit". Superb guitar work with plenty of skills, dynamics and to some extent maestria. It also shows that the band is much more performing while playing instrumental.

The vocal department is quite thin, I must say. But even some instrumental are not quite above average ("All Things Must Pass") even if some great guitar does appear for a short while. Actually, this album is rather disappointing so far. No grandeur, little feeling, little personality. Just a little of everything to be honest.

And here we go for the "Suite". Some twelve minutes of improvised piece (maybe to get closer to the prog style?), loose, incoherent, passionless and?quite boring actually. But the feeling is just the same throughout the album: to have the patience to listen to the full "Forgive and Forget" is quite challenging.

Poor vocals, weak melody, and alien passion: you name it! This is not a very good album in my standards. Two stars: average.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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