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3.85 | 187 ratings

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2 stars After a hiatus of four years (whose reasons are explained by fellow reviewers), the band got together and released their fifth studio album.

After these four years, each member has evolved and even if the trade mark of the band remains (strong vocal harmonies), the music featured on "Cowboy Poems Free" leans towards a more rock angle ("Texas Dust", "Human Lottery") although that the latter confirms their Gentle Giant inclination in terms of vocalizing.

Most of their previous albums can be categorized in the Eclectic genre, but this one is not such a work. It sounds as if the band converts itself into a more accessible combo. Don't get me wrong: I don't mean radio friendly, just easier to get into.

The problem with this album is that there are hardly any highlights. Nothing that moves me. It is just a collection of good songs, but no more. The jazzy aspects are not alien either but that's not a new element in the music from "Echolyn".

I quite miss the complexity of their earlier albums; this one sounds too hard to my ears: too American oriented to my feel, to basic rock oriented. At this stage, the band has lost his originality and sounds as a million of other ones (OK, let's say a hundred ones).

The music is well executed as usual, but one is expecting more from his band. This work sounds flat to me and I can't rate it with more than two stars (five out of ten: average it means).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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