ENCHANT - The Great Divide

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 164 / 10-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Inside Out | Autor: MaB

A good ten years have passed since the last Enchant studio album "Tug Of War". But the band members hadn't been on the lazy side. Guitarist Douglas A. Ott worked as a producer, while singer Ted Leonard hired Spock's Beard and Affector and keyboardist Bill Jenkins joined Sound Of Contact. Although one could assume that they have opened up new sources of inspiration, "The Great Divide" remains ambivalent. The opener "Circles" is still in the tradition of the enchanting late nineties phase, whereby Ted Leonard captivates especially in middle vocal ranges. The other songs the guys sometimes approach a little bit too heady. For example, the rhythm changes and lowered guitars on "All Mixed Up" need getting used to just as much as the not always comprehensibly linked parts in "Deserve To Feel". Even a few tricky solos by Bill Jenkins don't really fit into the overall atmosphere of the album. Nevertheless, the old class shines through again and again, e.g. in the catchy "Life In A Shadow" and in the outstanding title song.

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