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3 stars It is amazing to see how lively the Swedish prog scene is. To get so many modern bands active on the forefront of prog rock is just remarkable. I almost feel miserable as a Belgian.

This is a dual album featuring mostly quiet and ambient music and more powerful songs. Intelligently enough the opener belongs to the latter category although it takes a while for this song to really kick off. But once you've reached the turning point, it is all enchantment. Crisp, cold, melodic. An excellent song.

Their "Anekdoten" sound is fully present during "Happiness". Is it necessary to tell you that there are splendid mellotron lines in this great song? I am really found of this instrument and once a band includes it so widely in his work, I almost always fall apart while listening to their compositions.

The ethereal voice from Petronella is magical during "Happiness" and "Absinth Minded". And fortunately, the mellotron is not absent from "Absinth". The only bad comment I could do about this release is that is fairly on the sweet mode (even more surprising for a band catalogued in the heavy-prog genre). "Look At Us" is maybe one too much. Falls somewhat flat and uninspired in comparison with the previous ballads even if the finale is bombastic.

This melancholic atmosphere is a bit too much IMO. The second half of this album has little variety and remains in these fine but tranquil sounds. And the nice mellotron couldn't prevent "Stream" to put yourself asleep. If the prior "Reality" didn't do it already. Delicate but thin even if again, the finale is wonderful.

Just as with their debut album, the second part of their work is not on par. This album could have been better if more diversified. As such, I rate it with three stars. A wonderful antidote to cool down while being in the middle of some traffic jams. Guaranteed. Sit back, relax and listen to In Time.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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