Friday 11 May 2018

Life Line Project - The Finnishing Touch (2009)

The fourth album from this Dutch band.

Life Line Project was a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of flute, oboe, drums, percussions, bass, mandolin, guitars, pianos, organs, moog, synths, harpsichord, lutt and chittaron.

I have so far reviewed their third album, the 2008 album Modinha. I was not impressed and you can read my review here. More reviews to follow and I hope those albums are better than Modinha was/you can read more Life Line Project reviews somewhere else in this blog.

The band plays instrumental symphonic prog. That is a well used genre. In some cases.... a well misused genre.

There are a lot of references to Camel here. But where Camel had a reasonable organic sound, this album is blighted by a horror of all horrors synths sound.

Even the folk music here feels a bit too plastic fantastic. There is not much organic sound here and not much soul either. Neither is it muzak. The music is too good and too well composed to be muzak.

This one hour long album is being saved by some decent songs and the oboe which is adding quality to an album where quality is in short supply. This is a decent album and just that.

2 points

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