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.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

夢中夢 - 夢中夢 [2006]

Much more classical inspired beginning than rock and metal. It has a very charming darkness to many of the songs tempered with beautiful strings and piano. "不浄幸福讃歌" really has that metal attitude and grinding distortion to the beginning. This is where it becomes clear that the production, while suited very well for the light, beautiful, and dark arrangements of previous songs, needs to be polished for the metal stuff. That said, the production still gives it a lovely and spacious feel. Part of the spaciousness of this album also comes from the sections of music that are very minimalist and simplistic. The album is a bit long, but certainly brilliant in its execution and I never really got bored despite the minimalistic last few songs of the album. It only feels slightly less polished than il y a and it certainly doesn't have the same energy, but then, they seem to have gone for a more sedate energy on purpose. Extremely effective album.

Rating: 8.75


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