I must say that I am very
impressed with The Green Violinist from Belgium! I was expecting a ton of
violin, obviously, but there really isn't much on the album apart from
symphonic arrangements. I would love to know where the name originated, as I
was hoping for some great violin solos or something.
Anyways, lack of violin aside, this group has something special. First of
all, the vocalist has a very soothing, masculine voice that almost reminds
me of Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance. In fact, I can't help but hear Dead
Can Dance as an influence on this album in general. The music has a very
neo-prog vibe, but is also has symphonic passages, too. Overall, though,
there is an overarching psychedelia that reminds me of DCD and that provides
an eerie quality to everything. I really like that.
"The Great Scapegoat Seeking" is the first track, and it is one of the
better tunes I've heard this year. It provides a standard for the rest of
the album with its soothing, eerie vocals; its soaring orchestral
arrangements; and its beautiful tones shifts. The second track, "Velvet
Road" is also an outstanding track. If the rest of the album had followed
suit, this album would be one of the best this year. As it is, the album
loses its way at the third track somewhat. It regains its footing with
"Don't Worry Be Sad" and again with "Any Words You Say Won't Be Enough".
These tracks are both excellent, but the album itself loses a little luster.
In general, this is an excellent album that promises great music to come.