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4.07 | 268 ratings

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4 stars Music for the masses.

This record is making a lot of efferfescent reviews, sparkling with praise everywhere on this site. It seems that more and more bands are aiming for the Muse/ Coldplay recipe. Dredg is nonetheless an impressive quartet, especially when you see a drummer playing piano and drums at the same time! By the way, this album is a concept one, and it's probably the only thing 'progressive' despite the nice interludes throughout the album.

Obviously, this has (very) lightweight progressivte protein, and it's not to disappoint me at all. In fact, this is a refreshing blend of pop and rock with irresistible vocals and drums. Gavin Hayes has such a beautiful and emotive way of singing, I for one cannot resist but being moved by his emotive, if not sadness tainted vocals...oh wait! I got it! Two words: Martin Gore. Having been a (desperate) fan of Depeche Mode for 20 years, I can spot a good impersonnation when I hear one. You know what? We have so much Fish and Jon Anderson wannabees on the prog market, having more Depeche Mode tones in my world is refreshing!

What saves this band, apart from the vocals, is having a rock solid drummer. Good Lord, you can feel the sticks being chipped off the snare in your earphones. And judging by the size of his arms, I wouldn't like to be a high-hat in that band. Boy what a pounding hombre!

Like Coheed and Cambria, Muse or Coldplay, Dredg is a nice alternative when you have enough of the heavyness of life... just don't expect Gentle Giant complexity!

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