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.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tristania - Ashes [2005]

A much less epic start than what I had grown used to from the previous two albums. The songwriting style has progressed a noticeable amount, but it still feels distinctly like Tristania. When I first listened to this album, I may have been overly harsh and negative towards it since it contains much less keys than previous albums and the epic feel is mostly absent. However, the songs are quite beautiful and very well written. The production quality is definitely a step up; everything is much more forward and clear. In the end, the shift in style doesn't really hurt the material, and while there are a couple songs that feel like they drag on, it's still a very good and dark album.

Rating: 8


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