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Strong focus on rhythmic variations, passionate vocals, and above all an atmosphere that crowns it all - this is what deAdSoul Tribe (Dead Soul Tribe) is truly about. However, with this fourth album "The Dead Word" few things have changed... for one thing, Devon Graves has gone slightly back towards his Psychotic Waltz era (both composition-wise and vocally). These changes flavour the new material to some extent, and in my view this change is favourable. In addition, I get the feeling this album is more mainstream-oriented than the previous DST albums. Surprisingly often a thought of "where have I heard this before?" springs to mind. Nonetheless, as a whole this album is rather fortunate, and definitely worth experiencing... prepare yourself for a ride.
The more I listen to the Dead Word, the more enchanted I am... at first my impression wasn't that rapturous, though. Being a relatively quickly realized album, the Dead Word contains moments reminiscent to previous deAdSoul Tribe albums as well as few other artists' works. This fact may especially disturb a fan, who owns all the previous albums. Nonetheless, you can rest assured listening to this album will still be rewarding. Soon after listening to it a couple of times in a row, one surely notices that parts of it are excellent (even breathtaking at times). Regardless, there are also some moments that aren't as stunning as a long-time listener would have liked (we're accustomed to amazement, and thus surpassing our expectations becomes more demanding each year).
As we know, Graves is quite fond of production... thus I had my fingers crossed for an unforgettable sonic journey. In fact, he didn't let me down as the production still has further improved from his previous works. This time around one really gets a feeling the album is polished (but not in a bad way). Unfortunately, slight background distortion occurred few times (otherwise I'd given the Dead Word a nine and a half from production).
Once again Graves has come up with an astonishing album, although it may not instantly amaze you. Given the time it deserves, this record will most likely grow on you (so be sure to give it a shot, in case you've previously found Graves' singing appealing).
Release date: November 11th, 2005
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- MAGE (November 11th, 2005)
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