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★★★½☆
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  • I must disagree with the other negative review here, as I found this to be an exceptional album, in many ways, even surpassing “Home”. I’d expected the worse with an “Anneke replacement”, as her voice is simply one of the best, and brought this band from obscurity to world fame. But I must say, the new singer definitely holds her own here, sounding a bit like her predecessor on a few tracks, while adding her own flavor to other songs. I also find some of the music here to remind me of some moments from my favorite Gathering album, “How to measure a planet”, while offering a few slightly heavier, guitar-oriented pieces that harken back to the “Nighttime Birds” days. My only complaint, really, is the lead track, a one-note guitar riff song with no vocals, that simply doesn’t belong here at all. Thankfully, everything that follows is a big step up. If you like this band at all, you should find this Anneke-less version just as compelling.

    Posted on February 27, 2010