Liquid Scarlet - Liquid Scarlet


Year of Release: 2004
Label: Progress Records
Catalog Number: PRCD 012
Format: CD
Total Time: 52:44:00

Evaluation:

New wave get-ups notwithstanding, Liquid Scarlet offer up sardonic lyrics delivered with prog-rock pomp and splendor, encapsulating their 3 decade-long list of influences in succinct musical statements?

Analysis:

These young Swedes have really managed to absorb the most compelling aspects of 70s prog (Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd, elements of the Canterbury sound, and countless other stalwarts) and regurgitate them in an astonishingly unique sound. Despite the use of English as a 2nd language, the lyrics are thoughtful, humorous, and most importantly, warrant repeat reading... Vocalist Markus Fagervall reminds me of Roger Waters but more often of Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) ... this is not a pejorative....

The production is clean and full, and the attention to tone is laudable. It?s refreshing to hear music that is adequately (as opposed to over) produced!

Rating:

4.5-/5 (the minus is for the instrumental track ... I emphatically advocate leaving skronking to bands that can do it...)

Summary:

Interesting combinations of sounds, excellent use of dynamics and, most importantly, engaging song-writing combined with superb vocals, establishes Liquid Scarlet as a heavyweight contender.

Go get this one.


Tracklisting:
Greyroom (5:23) / Hesitating In The Foyer (4:39) / Citta Nuova (8:32) / Molok (5:16) / Talking In Ashes (6:42) / Comes Near, Lingers Far (8:25) / The Red Stairs (5:52) / One Last Masquerade (8:13)

Musicians:
Olov Andersson - guitar, clarinet, tambourine
Johan Lundstr?m - drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, church organ, tin whistle, background voice
Markus Fagervall - voice, guitar
Joel Lindberg - bass, screams
Frida Lundstr?m - piano, Hammond, keyboards

Discography:
Liquid Scarlet (2004)
Killer Couple Strikes Again (ep) (2005)
II (2005)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin SE

Added: January 5th 2006
Reviewer: Jan-Mikael Erakare
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Artist website: www.liquidscarlet.com
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Language: english

  

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