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DANCES OF THE DRASTIC NAVELS

Daal

 

Eclectic Prog

4.06 | 169 ratings

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admireArt
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3 stars Would have loved to love u!

Daal's , 2014, ¨DOTDN¨, starts with the super proggy ¨Malleus Maleficarum¨, which main riff is the less inspired riff I´ve heard in DAAL´s records, but the middle synth parts are quiet good, so it holds on. I start to get the idea of an ultra polished work with somewhat unsubstantial and not that original electric guitar songwriting, as soon as track 2 ¨Elektra (an evening with...)¨ , and things slow down and they start to blend into something a bit more hypnotic , eventhough the intro reminded me completely of Fripp´s tone scale sustained solos, again the Prog-Rocker spirit appears now in form of a mild-Black Sabbath meets DAAL, which is kind of fun, but not ground breaking at any point, again the keyboard sections are the real thrill.

Track 3 ¨Lilith¨is a four minute romantic and epic piano song accompained by some nice synth work and a more subtle but useful electric guitar. More in tone with the DAAL I knew, but not as astounding nor experimental or a bit daring.

Long track 4 holds the record´s so-so name ¨Dances of the Drastic Navels¨ which starts in a more experimental way, also kind of un-humorous, but then suddenly a Sabbath meets Universe Zero like harmless riff takes possesion as main theme, and the synth work is relegated to supporting actor to a quiet unimaginative and not that original, guitar work. The middle section although very ¨Underworld¨ like (the dance-trance duo, not the movie), is by far the best part up to this point, due to its more experimental and daring nature. The song´s final part is less experimental, sound wise its sounds are novel but the songwriting does not hit home (at least not mine).

Wow! Seems like the prog-reviewer who rated this album 3 stars was not joking!

The album closes down with a piano love song (a la YELLO, but taken seriously, or so they suppose), with very pretty arrangements, which is not a compliment. A good Pop song, with very nice female vocals and a movie like strings environment.

My Gods! I am extremely dissapointed!

*** 3 (minus) PA stars.

admireArt | 3/5 |

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