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WHEN THE SWEET TURNS SOUR

Echolyn

 

Symphonic Prog

2.94 | 97 ratings

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JP312
2 stars This one is tough to review since it is a rarities collection, consisting of demos, covers, and alternate/live versions of previously released tracks, and not a proper album per se.

I would probably consider it my least favorite album of the group. Sour seems to be a good word to describe the overall mood of the previously unheard songs, though that's understandable given what the band had been through in the months prior to its breakup. Most of these songs are in the vein of jazz/metal/rock, with most of the usual echolyn quirks, but the lack of a polished sound serves to add murk to the bad mood, as it were. Maybe that's appropriate, in a way.

My favorite track is "The Currents of Me", since it provides a good balance of bitterness and buoyancy. I'd also recommend "When the Sour Turns to Sweet", as it is a rather rocking cover, and from what I can tell from the snippet I've heard of the original, quite an improvement. The live tracks aptly demonstrate how tight the band was in their heyday, instrumentally at least.

It's a mixed bag, and probably not something you'd want to listen to if you're in a good mood. In a way, maybe it was good that the band took a break at this point, because I think I might have lost interest if they continued in this musical direction.

JP312 | 2/5 |

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