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Lightning strikes twice with this April Rain Storm,
This review is from: April Rain (Audio CD)
April Rain is by far and away the best album I've heard in a long time. I discovered Delain on a compilation album, Beautiful Voices 3, and was inspired on the strength of two songs,one audio the other video, to purchase Lucidity which quickly established itself as my favourite album in 2008. Its Within Tempation heritage and influence blended with Nightwish inspired tones was a solid foundation onto which they built their own style and with great success. April Rain doesn't suffer from second album syndrome and for me totally eclipses its predecessor.
Musically this is a more ambitious,complex, multi layered affair than Lucidity and on the whole is almost pure Delain though I heard a tiny Lcuna Coil influence in Stay Forever and a bit of Jethro Tull in Start Swimming but that's no bad thing. It is a superbly balanced sounding album, soaring up and down, perfectly blending hard rock with orchestration notably some haunting cello notes and some calms within this tempestuous storm of an album. Charlotte Wessels vocals are more confident with a greater range of ability on display and a timbre to her voice that was evident in Lucidty but is overtly on display here. Lyrically this is a more poetic and prophetic collection of songs than before. If I had to pick one track that perfectly encapsulates almost everthing this album has to offer it would be I'll Reach You.
I can't fault this album and it has elevated Delain to the status of my favourite group knocking Within Temptation into second place. This is perfection.
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Initial post: 25 May 2011 12:34:16 BDT
Abi Jay says:
Yes I agree with everything you have said. I really love this album and it's changed my whole outlook on so called Gothic Rock. Having bought three Within Temptation albums as well, I'm now hooked. Will try some Nightwish CD's shortly
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