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YESTERDAY IS A FRIEND

Believe

 

Neo-Prog

3.99 | 161 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars BELIEVE's second album is as tszirmay suggests "proggier" than the debut, and the lyrics are more positive as well, although there is still some dark lyrics and music here. I'm sure i'm the only one on this site who would prefer the more Alternative and heavier sounding debut to this one.This is more to do with my background in music then anything else, but for me the debut is more enjoyable.

"Time" opens with acoustic guitar as synths, drums then violin comes in. Vocals a minute in then the tempo starts to pick up and the sound gets fuller. An atmospheric calm before 3 1/2 minutes. Ripping guitar 5 minutes in as it kicks into gear again. Great opening track. "Tumor" builds fairly quickly. This is darker. Some atmosphere and violin after 2 1/2 minutes. Interesting that a line from the opening track is repeated on this one. Piano 4 1/2 minutes in followed by guitar. "What They Want (Is My Life)" opens with strummed guitar as violin and vocals join in quickly. The violin sounds so good on this one. Drums and vocals start to lead the way. Aggressive guitar 3 minutes in. Flute and piano after 4 1/2 minutes. It kicks back in after 7 minutes. "Mystery Is Closer" features percussion and chanting before the vocals take over with some piano. Love the chorus on his one. Excellent vocals. The keys and minor riffing sound so good after 3 1/2 minutes.

"You & Me" opens with acoustic guitar and reserved vocals. Violin a minute in followed by piano. Guitar after 3 minutes and a fuller sound. "Danny Had A Neighbour" is my favourite, I especially like his vocals. This is darker lyrically as well. Love the guitar solo 4 minutes in. Amazing tune. "Memories" is mellow with acoustic guitar and violin early.The lyrics are rather haunting. The sound gets fuller and heavier. Check it out after 2 minutes. Love when he sings the chorus "I am lonely all in my memories, from the moment you're gone". The guitar just goes on and on from before 5 minutes until it settles after 6 minutes with piano. "Unfaithful" doesn't do a lot for me lyrically but it's still a good one. Lots of piano and violin. "Together" is the positive ending with acoustic guitar and violin early. Spoken words in this one too.

I really like "Time", "Tumor", "Danny Had A Neighbour" and "Memories" a lot. These make this album a must have all by themselves. Hey the rest is good too.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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