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The Black Noodle Project — Play Again
(Musea FGBG 4661.AR, 2006, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01

Play Again Cover artThick and chunky spacerock mannerisms assault unsuspecting onlookers before settling into the interactive stylistic conflagrations that expansive progressive rock is known for. This is classic symphonic veering out of the same cavernous recesses as Pink Floyd, sections of classic Genesis, a less dramatic Van der Graaf Generator, and the softer moments in early King Crimson. Hailing from the 70s British school of the genre and they show that they have learned the lessons of their ancestors well. Taking full advantage of modern production techniques, they bring a sharp crispness that adds a great deal of sheen and detail to their presentation. Halfway through, it advances the sound to a more mid-nineties slant of extended alternative rock, but not post-rock. It is well mastered and very competently played throughout. Good stereo separation adds depth to this recording. The only thing one could ask in a release such as this is a little less aping of the form in general and taking a few leaps to establish an identity for themselves as a singular unit. In essence, fusing in more of their own personality. All in all, a good album that will not fail to impress most listeners.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): The Black Noodle Project

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