I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sigh - Hail Horror Hail [1997]

Uhhh.... I was NOT expecting that opening for "Hail Horror Hail". Halfway through the first track is when it finally starts to feel like Sigh. "42 49" ventures back into Sigh territory. It's a fairly well-done song with some creativity much like what I heard on GFT. Really cool panning effect used in the beginning of "12 Souls" that goes into an extremely haunting riff and then straight into a jazz sax section. Nutty. "Burial" is a nice piano piece to break up the action. After listening to this album, I can understand why some fans prefer this over the newer material. It's extremely well-crafted. The guitar riffs really fit in with the keys and the keyboard work is awesome. The creativity is almost staggering at some points. This isn't a high-energy album. The production is ok, but there's a lot of room for improvement. There are more than a few occasions when the keys will completely overpower the guitars and vocals.

Rating: 8


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