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BOUND TO THE WHEEL

Long Live Death

 

Prog Folk

3.00 | 2 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

LLD's second album received a greater critical attention than their debut album, but IMHO, this didn't really help the group, because Bound To The Wheel lacks much of the charming spookiness of TDMTG.TD. Although the very worthy successor of TOMTG, the surprise is gone and there is a sense of déjà-vu, and the wiser artwork (on the outside only, though) is just not as inspiring. Actually the album is much more optimistic in its mood, almost happy and seemingly calling out for hope.

Through the excellent Awaken, calling us to feel our deep, inner, long-forgotten beliefs, then the clunky Ribbons, then onto the enthralling stirring Two Voices, with a good catchy verse-chorus and ending in a good drawn out percussive passage, before reaching the very different second part, this album starts well enough. The shameless Join Us was probably designed as the sing- along track during their concerts, at least in its first part.

The second half of the album is less interesting (especially the short title track and the childish Seven), with the exception of We Are Defeated, which benefits from a superb saw and cello layer bed, before going wild in its middle section. Indeed, Praise is another shameless sing-along track, but it was probably a public favourite, but is overly simple to these ears! The closing track Of One is spiritually very close to Espers or Woven Hand , the slow descending line helps out a lot, before gradually speeding up to its apex, just before its end.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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