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3.41 | 35 ratings

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4 stars Generally the band sticks quite well to its musical style on their second effort, nevertheless it sounds much different from the first one and they can't be "accused" anymore by anyone for being a Genesis clone in my opinion since they are showing a quite unique and own style. The main difference to their debut is that it's much more complex and less accessible. It's not the kind of album which will fascinate right from the first or second listening and it might need several spins until one gets familiar with the bizarre structure of the songs and odd lyrics (partly as dialogues). But just due to these features the album should be a real goodie for any proghead. The longest track "Yes & No" is (at least for me) together with the first one "Socrates" one of the more accessible ones in relation to the others. The alteration between more melodic and harmonic parts and more odd-timed ones is just great and the more often I listen to it the more I love it. The lyrics of the album alone which are dealing with the topic "death" are worthwhile for a further investigations. For example the rather funny and entertaining story told in Galatea 3.3 about the Pygmalion carving a Venus sculpture to praise his goddess until she's awakening to live to give him a kick in his most precious parts. Thereafter he's lamenting in latin language: "Testiculi mihi tantopere dolent!". ----Lines like "But his heart was far away" in "Raking The Bones" which is telling the story about a mother raking the bones of her dead son to reconstruct him---- the weird "Call Me Old and Unspired." or the philosophical "When it all comes together" which is about single elements of daily live fitting to each other very rarely for a few moments. Like in the music the mood is shifting so fast and actually during reading the lyrics you never can premonite whether you should think hard about something or just laugh. The weakest point of the album (if it has any) is maybe the vocals of John Mabry, although being a great song-writer his voice fails at some points to follow the complex song structures. Although giving it a rather high rating (because I think it deserves it) I would recommend this album only to hardcore Retro-Prog fans but anyone who liked the first one should not regret the acquisition of this one as well. Moreover it might be a potential rarity in future times. For sure one should invest a considerable amount of time for listening "Entertaining Thanatos", then it can be a real entertainment. Not only for its uniqueness and strangeness I'm giving it 4 stars.
hdfisch | 4/5 |


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