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4 stars Lyrically, the glass was half full on Frost's last album, Falling Satellites. Day and Age finds a glacier at the bottom of a drained life.

Day and Age (11:36) (10/10) - "We're living in a dying age, when the writing is on the wall" sums up planet wide pessimism. The music is compact, invoking The Police and Peter Gabriel. This is the album Peter Gabriel should have made a decade ago.

Terrestrial (5:13) (8.5) - No longer blinded by the dark side of the moon, we see the grim reality. The Englishman no longer is warmed by the fire. " Staring back at me, Quiet desperation, this time frozen" The frog isn't boiling. The frog is freezing to death, and he knows it. " I can see further"

Waiting for the Lie (4:31) 8/10- Echoes of Pineapple Thief and Porcupine Tree. "Methods of self preservation, To escape when it all gets too much, These are the games we play, while we're waiting for the lie" You and I, we wait for the evening news to report the next lie. And one by one we resist or we pretend to not notice. We go along. "Whenever the government speaks, we're all waiting for the lie"

The Boy Who Stood Still (7:33) (9.0)- The three drummers playing separately on separate songs are outstanding. Definitely, the drums rage through out the album. Parable begins with spoken word. "The boy became estranged from the people and the world he grew up knowing, He devoted his time to observation and deeper thinking. In the long shadows of the day, he would stand. Day after day...But that was then." The everyman, the everyboy. Godfrey, you and I. We worship and incorporate values, our inner children never wanted. " Hail self, Hail rage, Hail fear, Hail blame, Hail lies, all rise..." On our way to the Abattoir.

Island Life (4:14) (8/10)- Compact album, the instrumentation is dense. No time for extended solos or individuality. Herein lies the genius of Day and Age. It's a giant onomatopoeia. Group over individual. Everything hurtling toward a dense dystopia. "Government 101, Keeping people happy in apocalyptical ways, Enjoy your holidays, we're all f@#ked anyway" "Your country loves you nonetheless, just don't get in the way." Reminds me of Police ...catchy!

Skywards (4:15) (9/10) - Innocence fading in ancient Polaroids. " The boy consigned to Black and White and memory can't repair, In everything you see him, the faces on the wall, Your weeds are growing faster now, suffocating all" Pat Mastelotto's enormous drums rocket skyward. "The cracks in your story will leave you numb, When running in circles we come undone"

Kill the Orchestra (9:27) (9/10)- "The boy I was has gone, They blew his happy brains out, They ground him down, I never thought that I would end here" Society obliterates the inner-boy. Despondency reigns. Nobody cares. "Kill the Orchestra, we're dying anyway" At least it's not my turn to get crushed, it's yours. "And I'll be singing when they string you up, Yes, I'll be singing when they string you up" Divide and conquer. Turn on each other. "What have we done?"

Repeat to Fade (6:15) (10/10)- "Exercise your right at any time, There's no dignity in slow decline, Treadmill institution bleeds you dry, open up the window, take a dive" Boomer remover. Pat Mastelotto's percussion break your bones. "There's only one way out, repeat to fade, There's no rewinding life, repeat to fade...A perfect model life in loyalty, Subservient in essence, never free" One for all...all for all.

Minor masterpiece. Utterly no waste. Dystopian lyrics, memorable melodies, dense instrumentation, and the frosty production...all of it focused. Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

omphaloskepsis | 4/5 |


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