Now don't get me wrong, The Void isn't a bad album by any means, in fact it's quite a good one and opening track proper Voluntary Slavery, which incidentally features some of the heaviest playing here is pretty captivating. There's still elements of old Beardfish which could sit on their earlier albums like the tellingly titled instrumental Seventeen Again which is great and features some excellent playing from all including the trademark Beardfish organ sound which is easily identifiable with the band.
Some may be put off by the slightly dirgy production which helps drag inferior tracks such as He Already Lives In You down further, which after a promising start seems to drift into nothingness with little of redeeming qualities. At almost sixteen minutes Note is the longest piece on the album and does bear a bit more of a resemblance to older Beardfish in terms of the overall sound and feel but not in quality despite the beautiful guitar solo over piano arpeggios thirteen minutes in.
Whilst I admire Beardfish for not staying still and attempting to progress I think they need to look at their earlier albums to remind them of what made them so great. Comfortzone album they deliver their retro style with vintage instrumentation and production sounds, but it also has some of the best qualities of modern prog.
Like I said before, they love to explore music and the first thing you noticed about this album is that they stepped away from the heaviness from its predecessor. That being said, the album is still heavy with fantastic Hammond and guitar that goes throughout and they introduce some alternative and from time to time acoustic pop-rock but in their own brilliant way.
Beautiful melodies, emotional songwriting with great vocals, complex passages and musicianship out of this world is all combined into this phenomenal release. Review by friso Prog Reviewer. By the moment of the first attentive listen I had already listened to the eponymous epic 10 times on background, and that actually made for a good time. But that actual moment was when utter disappointment came. The macrostructure of the song is what I always hated as it's just a bunch of unconnected tracks the band doesn't seem to have even tried to glue together, but a closer look brings even more questions regarding the songwriting on the album.
The formula the band sticks to is as stupid and regular as possible: 1. Once noticed that, you can't escape from this pattern chasing you throughout Beardfish's music in general and especially here, especially on the main track of the release discussed.
Does this at least create some natural musical flow, sound well, organic? To each their own, but that's a big fat "NO" from me. The music feels rather like a rehearsal, and the more carefully I listen to this, the more awkward it feels.
It's also unjustifiably minimalistic, creating an impression of a bunch of thin and discontinuous melodic lines thrown on a huge white canvas.
While, on top of that, not being particularly catchy or fresh, lacking any tension and climaxes and meandering aimlessly, the music leaves pretty much nothing good to say about it. This jeremiad was sponsored by the longest song, but my words in fact apply to the large part of the album. InsideOut Music.
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With that being said, this album is a masterpiece. What I've always liked about Beardfish is that they often forgo the symphonic overkill in favor of good old but long and sometimes loud soul-infused rock'n'roll. A basic sound - two guitars, bass, drums and a moog or an organ joining here and there. All crystally clear and audible in the mix, Through all this time the communion and understanding of the records and styles have been a happy relationship of great magical records some more than others.
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