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3.65 | 120 ratings

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I was caught since the very first time i listened to these two talented swedish guys (wasnt too long ago), one with his voice and the other one with his instruments and arrangements. I cant say that Carptree replaces the lack of studio recordings by Peter Gabriel since 2002 (because the similarity of both) but at least fullfills my need of good music with a dark textured edge, but at the same time accessible and even pop in some moments, intelligently written and performed.

I have enjoyed all of the recordings ive heard ( i havent listened their debut), and i can say they have a similar mood but with each one they are becoming more mature and reforcing an identity that im sure will be stronger with the pass of years. In this case i feel Man Made Machine as solid as their 2007 release Insekt, both excellent recordings. And im not forgetting and essencial part of the greatness of these albums: the orchestra, a bunch of highly skilled musicians and choirists that make the musical experience one of a kind.

All composition on this album are magnificent and well achieved, so is very hard for me to pick favourites, but if i had to make a selection for a 'Best of ' cd, maybe the ones would be : "Titans Clash Agressively To Keep An Even Score" which title seems taken from a soundtrack, but it is a great opener to the disc with nice piano and pompous choir; "Tilting the Scales" a dynamic track with vocals very reminiscent of PG with some spacey moments; "Man Made Machine" with a very obscure feeling a la PGs"San Jancinto" or "Rhythm Of The Heat"; "Burn To Something New" which highlights are the excellent keyboards of Mr.Westholm, the drums and a very nice melodic singing end; "In The Cetre Of An Empty Space" a rhythmic piece with some heavy moments and amazing arrangements, and last but not least, the fantastic closer"This Is Home", another tune with a heavy edge but excellent balance with melodic and mellow parts.

This record, and this group are really something deserving atention of Prog fans in general, im sure will appeal most of them, and im talking based on the ratings of all the albums, that unfurtunately are not many, but with very good comments and high average.

4 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |


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