Reviewed by Frode on 25 Mar 2009
is the second album by the Dutch band Sideways
, and like the first one it's a mixture of styles. You will find a lot of different elements, 60-70's psyche and symphonic melodic rock parts of it even sounding like the early 70's heavy bands. Also lots of proggy elements and atmospheric feelings.
- Fate. Starts off with a loud fuzzy guitar repeating the same notes a few
times, and then goes into an atmosphere reminding me of the later
Pallas. Also finding some early Marillion-like soft melodic parts. Song is nicely put together.
- Springflower. Melodic ballad with nice keys in the background. Chorus is a bit more rocky where the guitar makes the background. Nice guitar solo in the last part of the song.
- Of Hope and glory. Starts with a soft simple piano bit, going into a kinda atmospheric rocky ballad. I find traces of Pallas in this track too. I feel though that the melody in parts of this track being a bit monotonous.
- Phoenix. Again a melodic ballad, could have been a late 60's early 70's Dylan song. Very nice put together with vocals and keyboards alternating.
- Drought. Beginning reminds me of old Uriah Heep, then turns into another ballad where the accompanying guitar is in my opinion to loud and also boring. All of a sudden it changes beat and the first thing that comes to mind there is some Magic Pie, before going back to the "boring part". In total, there's a lot of different variating styles to be found in this track.
- Waste Of Strain. Here again I find some Uriah Heep in the beginning but also traces of early 70's pop/rock ballads. Also traces of early Marillion later in the song. Guitar solo part has this floydish feel to it. Very nice!
Overall, this is a pretty nice album that actually needs to get a few listens before it sets. There's unfortunately one thing that I'm not too happy about. I get a feeling that the fuzzy rhythm guitar is mixed too loud in quite a few places and thereby almost kills the keys.