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Good album, worth investing time in...
on 18 September 2011
Firstly, I wasn't immediately knocked out with this album. It took a few listens to understand and appreciate it. It's very different to anything Opeth have done before, and combines different styles and influences. Most songs feature variations in tempo and style, combining heavier sections with piano-based compositions, jazz, acoustic and classical. Not that 'Heritage' falls completely into any of these categories, it has a unique sound overall, but it's influences can be clearly heard.
The vocals are clean throughout, and most songs have unpredictable transitions and structures. Compared with 'Damnation', Opeth's other clean album, 'Heritage' tends to be more challenging listening, at least till the listener becomes familiar with the album's structure. Personally, after a few plays, I found this to be a really enjoyable album, generally quite laid back, but still with some surprising twists, moments of power and haunting melodies.
I would recommend 'Heritage' to anyone who appreciates good music, and is willing to give a cd a few spins to absorb it's complexity. By the way, I'm not a huge fan of prog rock, so don't feel you have to be to enjoy this album!