Saturday 2 June 2018

Phideaux - 313 (2006)

The fifth album from this US artist.

Phideaux was a nine-piece big band on this album with a lineup of fx, bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, synths, piano, sitar, percussion, vocoder, samplings and vocals.

This album is the follow up to the good 2005 album Chupacabras. A band where Mr. Phideaux Xavier moved more towards symphonic prog from his base of folk-rock and the singer/songwriter label. You can read a review of that album and his other albums somewhere else in this blog.

I hoped that was a permanent move over to a much more symphonic prog direction. Or even an eclectic prog direction.

313 sits more comfortable with his second and third album than with Chupacabras. We are back to the singer/songwriter tradition again.

The melodies are pretty simple and in the folk-rock vein. There some psych rock here too. But this is essentially a singer/songwriter album.

The songs are not really that good. There are a couple of good songs here and I agree with his sentiments about orangutans. That song is merely a decent song although the lyrics is good.

Maybe my expectations was a bit too high, but this is not a good album and a backwards step from this band. It is a decent to good album. Check it out.

2.5 points

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