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4.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners of their own brilliance, 1 Nov 2002
This review is from: Prison Of Desire (Audio CD)
If I had heard this album before Decipher, I probably would have given it five stars for its innovation, complex instrumentation and originality. Unfortunately, Prison Of Desire is eclipsed by its successor, and since it's important to take into context what a band is wholly capable of, one shouldn't overlook this album. The first track, Mea Culpa, is a beautiful choral piece, succeeded by the heavier Leaden Legacy. These two are so good that for a while I didn't bother listening to the rest of the album. Venturing further, one cannot ignore the delights which are Silence From Afar and Beyond Me [with Sharon from Within Temptation - a wonderful combination. It's a shame they don't do this more often].
The vocals are great, though possibly not as accomplished as on Decipher, but the extreme vocals can certainly not be faulted, though I did feel they were a little misplaced in a couple of the songs. Nevertheless, this is a fine album with some wonderful parts, as well as beautiful rhythm changes - fast becoming a hallmark of AF's. However, if you've heard Decipher before this, you may be a little disappointed because it's not quite as good - you get the impression that AF are still finding their feet on this album - they know where they want to go, but they're not quite there yet. As ever, the listener benefits from spending time with this album, but still, the rewards are not to be underestimated.
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