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3.3 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

TravisAK ,

Backwards step.

Samaris' first two albums were brilliant and lush and haunting and mysterious and beautifully sung in Icelandic. This album lacks the lush clarinet melodies and is sung in English. Please don't give in to whatever producer is telling you to pander to us English speakers! (Yes, me! I don't speak a word of Icelandic and that ads to the beautiful mystery of the music.) It's not a "bad" album, the vocals are serene, it's just that the previous efforts were so much better. And I apologize for being bad with foreign names, but what exactly is the clarinet player doing on this album? All I hear is vocals and a drum machine.

sleekdog ,

Disappointing, lacking all previous warmth

Some beautiful singing and angelic yelps, but it's all undermined by endlessly manic, staccatto, artificial drum n' bass rhythms and spazzy twitches that detract from the potential of this music and this (potentially terrific) band, and throw it all backwards, making it dated and cold.

This is a far icier, thin, less inviting record than the ethereal, warm and melodic music on their previous release, Silkidrangar. Samaris is a young and terrifically talented band, so they have time to figure out their "true" sound. But I hope they don't wait too long.

Unsolicited advice: Experiment with your sound all you like, but strip out the warmth, neglect melody and overprogram your spazzy 2006 drum machine at your peril.

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