Saturday 25 October 2014

Merlin Bird. The - Chapter and Verse (2014)

The debut album from this Australian band.

The band has been around for some years, having previously released an EP. They seems to be quite popular in Australia too. Which does not surprise me at all when I am listening to this album.

Take a great deal of medieval folk rock, add symphonic prog and some of the female fronted crossover prog from England. Then a small sprinkling of goth on the finish and sound. That is when you get this album.

There are some very good female and male vocals here on the top of some piano, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums. The sound is also very good and fits this music. The solo runs by keyboards and guitars are very good too and there are some interesting details here.

The end result is forty-five minutes with light, airy and commercial music. Music which sounds great after 1-2 listening sessions, but not so great after that. This album is sorely lacking a couple of great tracks and some instrumental creativity. There is not enough interesting details here to make this an album with a long life. That said, this is still a good album, well worth checking out.

3 points 

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