While this Chinese Songs Part 2 is not, by all means, the most impeccable album in the very rich discography of little Tragedies, still it does have some excellent progressive moments, especially when the band instrumentally swirls in the more classical side of things. These brilliant moments are, though, counterpointed by less achieved ones, where the band seems to turn a bit more naïf and therefore less concentrated.
The band does incorporate some heavier guitars here and there with great opportunity and success, especially when these riffs are accompanied by a semi-classic keyboard playing (like in the excellent My century’s events are worthless). This is something the band has been increasingly experiencing, the input of heavier passages in their normally laid-back yet complex symphonic textures. This shows us a band that is not passive or comfortable in stagnation, on the contrary, this is a band that strives for evolution even thou having achieved a tremendously fair, enjoyable and thoughtful musicality. In fact, the best compliment about this Russian band may lie in the reason of development, of discovery and experimentation, while always focusing in a tremendous symphonic venue. The complexity and craftsmanship of their music is always a must and when they respect those principles while adding them the pleasure of discovery, then the music of Little Tragedies completely lifts off.
As said, while not their best work, and honestly quite apart from it, this is still symphonic progressive rock above average, both in terms of musicianship and scope. And to my likes, everything these guys have been doing is really quality music, even in their less inspired moments.