This new French band has done a very good job with this album. One that has been fascinating me for the last few weeks. I am, most of all, surprised with the feeling it unveils, the aura it carries, the emotion that it unfolds. In that department, this is really a great album.
Yes, there are loads of emotional textures provided by great melodic lines. The music is mainly driven by the always fantastic piano work (not show off, but the purest sense of melody and pin pointing opportunity), accompanied by excellent soloing guitar. In fact, the thing that mostly drive me to listen to this album over and over again is the combination of those two instruments, and the moods they provide throughout the whole experience.
I must emphasize that this album is not about complexity or virtuosity. It has everything to do with mood, emotion and melody. It presents this characteristics with more than valid arguments. Ones that really work out in the benefit of the overall musicality. And sometimes it is only this things that I am in search when I listen to such style. In this way, this is one of the best albums that I heard, released in 2004.
The bands I mentioned in my first paragraph are not there as reminders or vectors for The Black Noodle Project. Despite this bands sound originality as a whole, I find traces of each of those bands in this album:
Time has passed sounds to me very close to T.Pure.
Where everything is Dark is exactly like a worked out and more filled version of a contemporary Eloy…even in its vocals.
Early RPWL in Drops in the Ocean.
The Bends era Radiohead in the excellently orchestrated popish Where are U?.
A smoother Riverside in Somewhere between here and there.
Anathema track construction (Alternative 4 era) in Lost – I miss you.
Yes, it has all these themes but much more. And life goes on is a fulfilling and surprising album when you give it a real chance. It’s one of those albums that need several listens to get into it. Again, not because of some multi layered construction or complexity, but because you must get the proper mindset and mood for it to completely work.
This one I must vividly recommend to those who like mild, melodic, emotional progressive rock. And I do highly anticipate their next work.