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3.10 | 12 ratings

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3 stars "Seed" seems to have taken the 1970s influences of groups like King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and even FM, and incorporated new age and techno elements of the 1980s and the digital age, with mostly impressive results. They are aptly named, because, in spite of all the technology including programmed drums, the lyrical themes are mystical and earth-aware. Everywhere there is delicious darkness and brooding, sometimes bursting out, sometimes ready to explode, sometimes recovering. It's an album I can lose myself in, without the irritation that sometimes accompanies not remembering the last 10 minutes of music.

Several of the tunes simply never drift to the background, in particular "Unicorn Home" and "In the Winter of Night", while "Llid the God" is an imposing instrumental that blows the socks off the new age genre from which it might arguably have sprung. If all tracks had been as good as these three, we might be looking at a classic, but the rest are not bad either, particularly "Hand of Glory", so I really have few complaints except why was there no second album?

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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