Green Carnation - The Quiet Offspring


Year of Release: 2005
Label: The End Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Evaluation:

What is it?

Not having heard any of Green Carnation's previous offerings, nor being familiar with their past sound, I was determined to listen to this disc with unbiased ears. The cover art and libretto made me feel like I was lying on my back in a forest towards the beginning of autumn? still warm, yet only a breeze away from chill? I imagined I was looking up at the canopy, transfixed by the slivers of light as they winked their way to the ground. In utter silence I lay, and then,, suddenly, the light ceased and I was left in the cold and the dark?

Analysis:

What it is:

I'm still scratching my head on this one. I find elements of some early 80s bands (Tears For Fears springs to mind in the chorus of "Purple Door Pitch Black"), and strange comparisons to heavier bands like Non-Fiction and Alice in Chains ("Dead But Dreaming")... "Pile Of Doubt" has a Peter Gabriel vibe to it? remember "Last Crack"? Not really metal, not exactly progressive, this is the measure of the absorption of one's influences into a seamless whole ? can you walk away from it and name influences or just feel like you've heard it before without being able to pin it down conclusively?

I like it. It isn't heavy but it's weighty. It isn't progressive but it is mutable. The music isn't about instrumental prowess but it's superbly played. The lyrics cast a pall but they don't overshadow the uplift inherent in much of the disc. This is a musical paradox ? no, a musical paradigm?

Kudos to GC for using clean vocals throughout. Kjetil Nordhus has a powerful baritone, and delivers an emotive performance. Guitars are subdued but omnipresent ? not a wasted note, and, with the exception of the beautifully phrased lead-work in "When I Was You," solos are virtually non-existent. Every part is subservient to the big picture, and there is not one self-aggrandizing moment on the entire disc.

Rating: 9-/10 (The minus is for the drumming. My only complaint is the almost sedentary feel imparted by the adherence to overly familiar rock/metal phrasing ? a little less backbeat and more manipulation of the bar-lines would have raised the excitement level without sacrificing the flow) [4.5/5]>

Summary:

Superb in concept and execution, lyrically thoughtful and atmospherically powerful, this is an engaging listen if you have an open mind. Can you name the influences?


Tracklisting:
The Quiet Offspring / Between The Gentlesmall And The Standing Tall / Just When You Think It's Safe / A Place For Me / The Everlasting Moment / Purple Door, Pitch Black / Child's Play - Part I / Dead But Dreaming / Pile Of Doubt / When I Was You / Child's Play - Part II /

Musicians:
Tchort - guitar
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Stein Roger Sordal - bass, guitars, harp
Anders Kobro - drums
Bernt A Moen - keyboards, piano
Bjørn Harstad - lead guitar, effects


Discography:
A Journey To The End Of Night (1999)
The Trilogy (box set)
Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness (2002)
A Blessing In Disguise (2003)
The Quiet Offspring (2005)
The Acoustic Verses (2006)

Alive And Well...In Krakow? (DVD)

Genre: Other

Origin NO

Added: June 20th 2005
Reviewer: Jan-Mikael Erakare
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Artist website: www.green-carnation.tk
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Language: english

  

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