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4 stars More accessible Opeth

It was very difficult for me to rate that album. I really love it. I listen to it very often and it never gets boring, yet I don't think it is a masterpiece like STILL LIFE or MY ARMS YOUR HEARSE.

GHOST REVERIES is transitional record, which place itself between old (good) Opeth and new one (poor - Watershed). Asked about my love to Opeth I usually answer, that their music was always intriguing, fresh and progressive, but the emotions and specific atmosphere are why this band stands out from mass of other rock bands.

The album sounds different. Taking into consideration their previous releases, in term of sound this one is nearest to BLACKWATER PARK. Production is clear and precise, basses are deep and trebles are distinct and ear-friendly. The most conspicuous thing is of course presence of keyboard. Fortunately, Per Wiberg is fantastic keyboard player and his playing perfectly suits the atmosphere of the record.

The atmosphere itself is easier to define than ever before, which is my first objection. In large measure it's because of keyboards but the main reason is composition. Mikael Akerfeldt decided that there would be kind of ghost/gothic/oneiric feel about it. I don't mean it is banal but it is definitely less unique than before. GHOST REVERIES is also more technical and a bit less emotion provoking than, for example, STILL LIFE. Still, the transitions and twists which are in abundance there, are absolutely fantastic.

Great album from Opeth, but partially devoid of these breathtaking passion and magic which caused tears of emotion while listening to previous albums. It is still much better than their latest record though, which is almost completely bereft of these features.


bartosso | 4/5 |


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