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CATATONIA

Salem Hill

 

Neo-Prog

2.75 | 32 ratings

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apps79
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2 stars Actually this work is quite close to 3 stars,but I can't give them the 3...

SALEM HILL were found in 1991 in Nashville,Tennessee and released two albums (''Salem hill'',''Different worlds'') in two-years time (1992 and 1993 respectively) with somewhat poor results due to the strong AOR-feel of their sound.They worked for much time on their third release,which was published in 1997.''Catatonia'' is a concept work,telling a story about a depressed man,and was much stronger that their previous efforts.It is a guitar-dominated work,where some nice sensitive melodies alternate with weird FRIPP-ian passages,giving the album a touch of diversity.Most of the tracks are song-oriented with plenty of good vocal work,but there are also some decent and enjoyable keyboard instrumental parts.So far,this could be a 3 star album,if it weren't for some (again) chessy AOR-ish ballad moments,which spoil the whole effort...Having a quite modern sound,SALEM HILL did improve their compositions compared to their past and presented a work mainly for fans of guitar-driven prog rock...2.5 stars

apps79 | 2/5 |

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