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The Black Noodle Project


Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.98 | 33 ratings

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2 stars As for the debut, also this album has strong connections: the first names that I have in mind are PINK FLOYD of the middle period, MOSTLY AUTUMN instrumentals and even MARILLION, so that I'm not 100% sure that psychedelic/space rock is the best fit for this band. Let's add that "STEREOSCOPE" is not properly a Black Noodle Project's album, but also the name that two members of BNP gave to this temporary duo, so it could be considered as a different band.

"The Typewriter" is an intro based on acoustic guitars, so folk to sound like BRYAN JOSH. Very nice, slow and melancholic.

"Clouds At End" is very Floydian. Piano and acoustic guitars sound like the late PINK FLOYD of the Division Bell and also the vocals are not dissimilar from Gilmour or Wright. As a Pink Floyd addict I can't not like this song.

"A Minute of Eternity" starts with the same chords of NEIL YOUNG's "The Needle and Damage Done", but develops in a very different way. It has a bit of country-rock flavor anyway even if of the kind familiar for Pink Floyd, too. The vocal effects remind me "Point me at the Sky".

Also "The Girl In The Paper" starts with chords not very original. I don't know what is, but in this song there's something that identifies them as French. A nice neo-prog song. I wouldn't be surprised to hear it played by the MARILLION of Steve Hogarth.

"Sleeping With U" is almost the same song...not better or worse than the previous, just more pop-oriented.

"Open Book" seems to be part of a suite as it's quite similar to the previous two, but finally we have different chords and a good guitar solo in MOSTLY AUTUMN's style (that's a Pink Floyd style).

"1+1+=2" Proceeds on the same line: a slow song based on a rhythm acoustic guitar, Gilmour-like solos and vocals like SIMON&GARFUNKEL. The dissolving echo on the word "dreams" is not enough to sound Floydian.

acoustic guitar again....well it's a guitar duo so what can you expect? Probably something like the first two promising tracks. Similar to the acoustic moments of PORCUPINE TREE, specially in the vocals. If you are not already bored by this album, let's skip "Eva" and go ahead.

"The Sun in Your Hair" at least starts with piano but on a very trivial melody. All this sweetness can lead to diabetis...

"The Beauty With The Colt" comes unexpected. It demonstrates that mentioning Neil Young was not too absurd. This song sounds like a classic country song. Why didn't they put a banjo inside? If it has to be country let's make it as it should be.

"Upon a Sky Corner" sends us back to prog. The intro based on minor chords sounds like the slowest moments of prog-metal bands. I have RIVERSIDE in mind, even if the guitar has a lot of David Gilmour.

After all this anti-insomniac music calling the closer "Good Night" sounds like a joke. The song make me think to PT's "Feel So Low", but not SOOOO good.

A frankly boring album with some good song and a lot of forgettable material. Each song taken on its own can be listened, There's nothing particularly wrong with this album if not the album itself.

Too much boring and trivial to have more than two stars. It's a pity because the first two tracks are not bad.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |


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