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The Crow
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4 stars I'm seeing that a lot of people take this album like the best Opeth's album. I have to disagree...

This is a very good album, excellent. But in my opinion it doesn't reach the high peaks of albums like "Still Life" or the magnificent "Deliverance". The band got a lot of popularity with this release, but I think it due to their entering in Music For Nations, lavel that made a great promotion of the album... I remember seeing a lot of publicity of it on heavy magazines.

I don't think that this album is more accesible than "Still Life", because it has less acoustic parts and more growls... Except "Deliverance", It's the less acoustic Opeth's work, and it's darker than the previous one, with only one commercial song on it: Harvest. And it's sound darker, a little in the same way of "My Arms, Your Hearse", like the depriment and repetitive acoustic park of the song Blackwater Park.

In addition, I think that this album isn't very original, because it's too much in the same style of "Still Life", and it doesn't offered something really new, except the great Steve Wilson's production and a little improvement of the acoustic sound and playing. For that, I really liked the change that they made in the brutal "Deliverance" and the absolute beautiful "Damnation", because with "Blackwater Park" the formula was starting to being too repetitive...

Best songs: The Drapery Falls (masterpiece!!!), Bleak and Harvest.

Weak points: Dirge for November and The Funeral Portrait, two songs that don't offer nothing really interesting...

Great album, but the weakest of the last four Opeth's releases in my opinion (without taking count the upcoming Ghost Reveries...).

The Crow | 4/5 |


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