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Chroma Key


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.98 | 184 ratings

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Una Laguna
4 stars If you're coming at this from a Dream Theater point of view, then, if you hadn't already realised, take note that this is very, VERY different to Moore's work in the prog metal band. The closest Dream Theater song to the style Moore shows in Chroma Key is Space-Dye Vest from Awake. Dead Air for Radios is very keyboard/piano-driven, very moody and atmospheric, and generally quite slow-paced. It has more in common with the ambient genre than the progressive genre.

Those who dislike the album will do so because of Moore's vocal performance and the apparent monotony of the songs. It is true that Moore isn't the greatest vocalist; however his voice fits well with the mellow, atmospheric music. The minimalistic melodies may put off those used to the complex music more typical of prog.

My initial favourites when listening to this were On the Page and Colorblind; however, after listening to the album many times, I have no clear favourite tracks. The weakest track is Hell Mary, a speech synthesiser talking about the end of the world, which is great... except for the fact that there isn't any actual music to accompany it. Camera 4 is probably the next weakest track, with no discernible tune. It's still a good track, but is much more ambient than other pieces.

I love this album for its atmosphere, for its emotion, for the moods it so perfectly evokes. If that's what you look for in music, then I cannot recommend this album highly enough.

Una Laguna | 4/5 |


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