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OK, but no cigar,
This review is from: Mute (Audio CD)
I bought this on the back of the 2 glowing reviews and the fact that I'd had a listen a few months ago to the first Demians album, when then I thought it was not too bad. For this to be elevated above a best of Stephen Wilson or PT playlist is praise indeed but hey, it falls well short of that. Nicolas has to be applauded for the effort in putting the whole project together...however therein lies the rub. You can tell that he misses a dedicated keys player and certainly a drummer. The extra dimension you get in the studio from having people to spin ideas from is invaluable and Nicolas misses this opportunity I think.
I can understand why PT fans may go for this, but I am not one of them. In case you are thinking I adore everything SW does, I don't. I slated Insurgentes and wasn't keen on The Incident. However both of these are superior to Mute I'm afraid.
There are obvious influences in there; I couldn't help but feel that the opener is based on PT's 'Open Car', and there are tones of QOTSA on another. I do adore the way SW seamlessly shifts phrases in his music. Nicolas tries this and fails I think. Some of the transitions are quite crude. I don't get that prog can benefit from being rough around the edges (NC said that he left some of these rough edges in deliberately), these days you expect a bit of polish and quality mastering. Leave rough edges to the indie lot.
Sorry, it does not get the thumbs up from me. I look for something to hook into and despite careful listening, I felt myself wanting to slide off.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2011 16:47:58 GMT
Artie Shaw says:
"I don't get that prog can benefit from being rough around the edges (NC said that he left some of these rough edges in deliberately)".
And NC has said a million times that Demians is not a prog band, he's not influenced by prog, and is not there to please prog fans.
The production of this record is high quality (actually a thousand times better than the SW record you're praising), and the rough edges that come from the performance only contribute to make this album different.
You expected prog from this record, and you certainly didn't get it. You should have put only one star even, instead of 2.
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