I admit i did suffer a bit after Sean Donovan's departure from Calla, and despite the good reviews for 'Collisions,' I dearly missed the experimental touches, the ambiental bits, the atmospherics that I assumed owed so much to Donovan. Also i missed the anguished melancholy of Calla's previous efforts, although that particular dimension seemed to inexplicably upset many critics.
Now with the appearance of 'Strength in Numbers' - which I was able to 're-compile' and listen courtesy of the band's generos posting of track after track on their Myspace site around New year - I have regained faith. Despite it continuing Calla's lighter, more melodic and digestible music-making… Read more
Max Richter deems his music 'post-classical,' but I guess it can also be called ambiental, electronic, minimalist - if one MUST put a label on it. This album represents however one of those very rare instances where this association of the 'classical' and 'modern' labels is not giving credit to or benefits the latter, but on the contrary is seems that it is the'classical' that has been ennobled and refined through its association with the electronic and the modern treatments. Doubtful or skeptical? Give this album a listen. I for one have found it difficult to recall such a rounded, accomplished and complete composition (for this is a 'composition' in the true sense of the word, whatever… Read more
Enough to look at the cover and read the songs' titles and this looks like your ordinary post-rock album: pretentious long titles in a sad absurdist vein. You start listening to it and again all the notorious post-rock elements are there: the dark atmosphere, the tremolo guitar, the tragic outbursts. Yet one realizes while listening further into the album that with Red Sparrowes pretentiousness pretty much stops at the cover and song titles, for this is as 'honest' (for lack of a better word) a post-rock album as you are likely to find. Although the mannerisms of the genre are all in place, there's not 'classical' touch, no cellos or violins, no attempts to create profound, symphonic… Read more