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3.87 | 145 ratings

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4 stars soft, intense, and connected

Paatos' first full-length effort, so what is this band all about? To make music soft yet intense creating an emotional connection to the listener. Timeloss doesn't blow any listener away with the usual progressive virtuosity, but the depth of composing makes the album a great listen. This album is above the quality of most debuts.

Stefan Dimle holds down the groove playing the bass parts. Dimle is all about the groove. He stays in a safe and controlled range doing anything in support of the groove. He can rip and shread everyonce in awhile as shown on the final track Quits, but primarily he is playing to support the groove as most of the other musicians in this band do.

Huxflux Nettermalm is the drumming and the primary source of lyrical creativity. The drums are a crucial element to the album. Nettermalm makes excellent use of jazz influenced beats to create a smooth groove always building the music to a climax. The lyrics are depressive as expected from a group as Paatos is considered to be. They aren't exactly unique, but the goal of this band is an emotional connection. The commonality of the lyrics, may be what makes the album as powerful as it is.

The guitars by Reine Fiske play a support role. Fiske like Nettermalm has a prominent jazz influence. His chord work doesn't really turn heads, but is needed to support the groove and give texture/tonality to the album. Not impressive work here, but it's still essential to the album.

Petronella Nettermalm inserts passion to the depressive lyrics of Huxflux Nettermalm. Petro has a unique female singing style with excellent enunciation, but lacks variation. Her style is a unique and interesting one, but she rarely uses voices other than her main one. In terms of singing one style she is great, but more variation could really raise the quality of this album.

John Wall'n mellotrons are used primarily as a supporting role to add more identity to the music. There a bit of melodic playing, but the mellotrons are exactly essential or noteworthy. The melodic moments are great, but they are too few and far between.

The production is excellent, especially for a debut album. There are moments where tones are as clear as they could be, or a certain instrument is fighting for volume, but overall it's a clear and balanced recording worthy of praise. The guitars are relaxed, the drums are prominent but not overpowering, and the bass is excellent. The bass really brings the whole album togethor with both groove and melody.

It's not a fantastic album, but it's definately worth three or more stars. I'm going to stick with the conservative three stars, because there were definately points where this album could have been a little better.

AtLossForWords | 4/5 |


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