Rating:
9.2
Rain Delay - Slumber Recon
7 May 2011


01. The Medina Division Has Ceased To Exist
02. Falling Asleep In Real Time
03. Hummer Pierced Through The Central Square
04. Veneto Slumber Recon
05. Selena
06. Shiseido
07. Par ti, San Marco
08. Nothing... (The March Of Death) [Mourning Beloveth cover]


Strange, strong and unexpected. An esoteric tale with an almost experimental attitude. It's like riding a train of hope, fear, and inner speeches; an apologue with distinct elements of warm production and friendly ebullient themes. An open door to sentimental interludes and progressive ideas.

Creativity speaks mostly in rhythmic patterns, lyrics and somewhat peculiar warm distorted guitars here, accompanied with exotic vocals. High-pitched female shouts attached to the low deep male growls and it didn't just stop there; definitely a varied use of vocalists. Songs are mostly unpredictable in structure. Some odd time signatures here and there, fresh and vivid drum beats. Obviously not afraid of new realms, even featuring different languages in lyrics which makes the album concepts harder to comprehend. This makes Slumber Recon unique in the lyrics department. There are few well composed albums with different languages and this, for sure, demonstrates Rain Delay's courage and will to write what they think is the perfect fit, not imitating what others have done (and worked just fine in most cases).

Overall, this is a work of kindness and affection. Even in the most intense sections, it sounds merciful and compassionate (with the exception of "Hummer Pierced Through The Central Square"), the result of warm production and mixing plus intimate melodies. Slumber Recon is well arranged to listen and enjoy as a whole. In the end, the attentive listener will remember some distinct moments of songs and the meticulous audience will probably recall some strange words and phrases that will keep them curious. After all, the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Band profile: Rain Delay
Album: Slumber Recon


 


written by SSM | 12.05.2014


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Susan - 03.01.2015 at 07:41  
I agree with every word written here. This is such a wonderful and "strange, strong and unexpected" album. Indeed "an esoteric tale with an almost experimental attitude." Each of this band's albums were unique, a bit strange, and just awesome.

I would quote more but seriously, I'd have to quote the whole review. You hit the nail on the head. I don't know if I'd rate this as high, though, but to be honest I don't know if I'd be able to rate it at all. It's a bit scattered, almost too much so, to be rated so highly, but on the other hand the scattered nature of Rain Delay's albums is a huge part of their charm, and a huge part of the adventure of their music. I wouldn't be ballsy enough to rate this, I suppose.

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