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3.52 | 78 ratings

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I think that nickname applies perfectly to these two guys and the kind of music they make. As with their other recordings, they like to use a variety of styles, without going directionless, always complex but cohesive. Their sound (and voice) has been all the time compared to Marillion/Fish and Peter Gabriel, as well with some others in a slighter way, but i think, like most of the bands do after a while, they have found their own path. And this release proves it, even though you can still hear the Gabrielesque style. And thatīs just Niclas Flinck voice tone, i think he canīt help it, and that is fine with me, ireally enjoy it. Iīve been always a big fan of PG and probably one of the main reasons i got into this band in the first place.

Iīm not sure if this album is better than their previous work, but at least is in the same level of quality and production. Very much alike Man Made Machine in the similar dark mood but more varied and slighty heavier in some moments like "My Index Finger" including a very heavy riff almost at the end, "Pressure"(wich also reminds me a little bit of the homonimous one by Billy Joel) or the rockier "Big Surprise". Also has some pop moments like in "Evening Sadnes", and mellower tracks in their already classic dark atmosphered manner like "Sliding Down A Slippery Slope" (one of my favourites),"Slow Corrosion Of Character", "Where Your Thoughts Move With Ease" and the excellent closer "Stressless".

This is one of my top 10 releases in this first half of 2007, and for sure many good things will come in the next few months, but i think this one will remain in a high position on my personal chart at the end of the year. The way (this highly skilled musician) Carl Westholm and his partner (helping with his moody singing) work together with many good guests musicians, always give as a result vey pleasant albums, and this is not exeption.

4 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |


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