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3.62 | 26 ratings | 5 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dystopian Fiction (2:01)
2. Entropy Of The Century (2:53)
3. Regression To The Mean (3:50)
4. Welcome To The Solar Flares (3:04)
5. Friday Night Dreams (4:06)
6. Letting Go Of Life (4:47)
7. We Machines (4:36)
8. Benefits (3:21)
9. Raze The Maze (2:38)
10. Confectioner's Curse (3:03)
11. Where The Truth Lies (4:49)
12. The Unknowable (6:26)

Total Time 45:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Moorea Dickason / Vocals
- Tarik Ragab / Bass
- Matt Lebofsky (miRthkon) / Keys
- Matthew Heulitt (Zigaboo Modeliste, Narada Michael Walden) / Guitar
- David M Flores / Drums
- Jonathan Herrera / Keyboards

Releases information

Label: Magna Carta
August 19, 2014

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MOETAR Entropy Of The Century ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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MOETAR Entropy Of The Century reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This a collection of quirky, intelligent and delightfully melodic "avant-pop" songs that are, in my humble opinion, distracted from by the highly engaging vocals of the uber-talented singer, songwriter and founder Moorea ("Moe") Dickason. I find it quite challenging to really listen to the music because of the draw of the intelligent song lyrics and their delivery style (which does, however, at times, get a bit repetitive and 'old'). Clearly a group of very talented musicians led by a duo with a clear and mature vision, this is highly recommended as another polished example of this new modern era of "poppy prog."

Favorite songs: "Where the Truth Lies" (4:49) (9/10); "Confectioner's Curse" (3:02) (8/10); "Entropy of the Century" (2:52) (8/10); "Welcome to the Solar Flares" (3:03) (8/10), and; "The Unknowable" (6:26) (8/10).

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is MOETAR's second studio album released in 2014 and once again Moorea Dickason steals the show with her amazing vocal display. I remember my first listen to the debut "From These Small Seeds" and just not liking it at first with those short tracks that are dominated with vocals, just not usually my scene. But it won me over fairly quickly and I just played it again a couple of days ago to compare it with this latest release. Yup I still really dig it but I have to say this latest one just doesn't do the same for me. A good album for sure but 3.5 stars is as high as I can go. By the way the focus might be on the vocals but the intrumental work is killer all the way. You might even compare the music here to KNIFEWORLD somewhat except I feel KNIFEWORLD is much more daring and innovative plus I love the horns in that band.

"Dystopian Fiction" is such a great opener, just the style of the vocals and the guitar. "Entropy Of The Century" is my least favourite tune, I just can't get into it for some reason. "Regression To The Mean" is a killer song and probably my favourite. I like when she sings with that determined attitude. "Welcome To The Solar Flares" has laid back vocals and keys early on before it all turns fuller before a minute. "Friday Night Dreams" is humerous and catchy and male vocals help out on this one. Nice instrumental section from before 2 minutes that lasts about a minute. "Letting Go Of Life" is a really good tune with backing vocals and organ at times. Check out the drumming 3 minutes in followed by a peaceful atmosphere.

"We Machines" is humerous with some excellent instrumental work, so impressive, especially after 3 minutes. "Benifits" is led by piano and vocals and is ballad-like. I like the guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in to the end. "Raze The Maze" features Moorea doing her gymnastic vocal displays and also check out the keys and drum work. "Confectioner's Curse" is fairly powerful with determined vocals. "Where The Truth Lies" is a top two for sure. The guitar is surprisingly dirty and I appreciate them changing things up for a change in this manner. It turns fuller with vocals and drums before that guitar returns around 2 minutes in. A cool keyboard/vocal melody section arrives before 3 minutes and I love the guitar that follows. "The Unknowable" is by far the longest tune at 6 1/2 minutes. The instrumental section 5 minutes in to the end is my favourite part of this song.

For whatever reason this hasn't hit me like the debut but if you want to hear something a little different check this band out.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars US band MOETAR was formed back in 2008, with vocalist Moorea Dickason and bassist Tarik Ragab the initial core of the band. They released their debut album back in 2010, and in a fairly short amount of time they had managed to create enough of a buzz around them that they were signed to US label Magna Carta Records, who reissued their debut album in 2012. "Entropy of the Century" is their second full length production, and was released in 2014.

The bands self-description mentions that their aim is to "create catchy, yet complex, music that attempts to make sense of our confusing world." That is a most apt description I think, a concise summary of what this band is truly all about. The catchy factor mainly boils down to one element though, in my point of view at least, and to be able to enjoy this quirky potpourri of multiple stylistic traditions a certain affection for that element is needed.

In terms of style this band has been labelled in an intriguing manner of ways, and when listening to an albums worth of material by them deciding just where to place them isn't the easiest of tasks you might get. Just about all the songs tends to revolve around alternating accessible and challenging sections, where the former can be in a myriad of different styles while the latter tends to revolve around a jazz or avant-oriented approach, at times combining both of these elements. With everything from gentle piano ballads to majestic guitar and organ combinations bordering hard rock for the accessible parts of the compositions, the idiom of "the only rule there is no rule" seems to apply, and as for the challenging escapades they typically involve challenging instrument movements and more of a dissonant and sometimes chaotic expression. A touch of Zappa might be present here and there, possibly a slight taste of free jazz tinged elements may appear from time to time, but whether it's any of those or sections beyond the scope of both, they are just about all challenging to get your ears and brain around.

The key element that binds this all together, and most often impressively so, is the vocal talent of Moorea Dickason. She has a strong, powerful and emotional laden voice, one that at the most impressive is so spellbinding that you don't really take too much notice about anything else happening. This may be at least part of the reason why I find the opening half of this album to be fairly flawless, as I even after numerous listens are just so floored by the sheer talent of the lead vocals in those first half dozen of compositions. My notes and memory tries telling me that it's also because the more challenging escapades weren't quite as challenging or not taking up quite as much play time in those compositions, but that may just be a side effect of finding the vocals so mightily impressive in that initial half.

It probably goes without saying that I wasn't quite as enthralled by the second half of this disc of course. My notes and my memory conveys that these compositions, starting with We Machines, came across as a bit more stilted, not quite as powerful on an emotional level, arguably a tad more technical and with more numerous or elongated sections of escapades of a more challenging nature. This is probably much more a subjective experience rather than an unbiased fact of course, and while not quite as breathtaking these are still creations that are highly charming in their own right as well. It is, for the most part, the difference between great and brilliant.

At the end of the day my impression is that MoeTar is a band that will have a finite appeal, as their compositions tends to feature sections that is rather challenging and that does take some time getting used to. The big draw are the vocals of Moorea Dickason though, she is a dominating presence throughout, and you truly need to like her vocals to be able to enjoy this band. In fact, I suspect that quite a few people enjoy this band despite their music and because of her vocals, as she is a top notch vocalist on just about any level you can imagine. If you have an affection for challenging music combined with quality lead vocals in general and female lead vocals in particular, MoeTar is a band that merits a check, and this second album of theirs is as good a place to start as anywhere else really.

Latest members reviews

3 stars 3, 5 stars !!! If you want to hear a really different sound or (at last to me) an uncommon experience of prog music , you can try this with the North-American band MOE TAR second album "Entropy Of The Century". Although I think which the band, could better explore his musical skills wit ... (read more)

Report this review (#1328321) | Posted by maryes | Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Another great release! They have retained their unique and very recognizable sound, yet pushed into new areas as well. The album is at once more accessible, and more proggy than the last one. They start with some excellent and, at times, gorgeous melodies and "songs" and then embellish them wit ... (read more)

Report this review (#1254544) | Posted by Tull Tales | Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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