Sunday 24 December 2017
I Am The Manic Whale - Gathering The Waters (2017)
The second album from this English band.
The band is a quartet on this album with a lineup of xylophone, drums, percussions, guitars, bass, drums, murpathron, keyboards and vocals.
Two guest musicians provided cello and flute too.
I had the pleasure of reviewing their 2015 album Everything Beautiful In Time back in March this year and gave it a very good rating. You can read my review here.
The band plays a type of crossover between neo-prog and commercial rock. It is more leaning towards neo-prog than commercial rock. So I would call it neo-prog.
There is a lot of clever arrangements and song structures on this seventy minutes long album. There is also a lot of pretty commercial choruses and melodies here too. There are also some good keyboards and guitar solos here.
The songs are well crafted and this band knows what they are doing. Compared to the debut album, the songs seems a bit more dumbed down and a lot less focused on clever details. They are still there. But the band has gone for more easy solutions all around.
This is still a good album with a good sound. But it falls a bit short compared to my too high expectations to this album.