Pain of Salvation
Road Salt One
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: May 17th 2010

Phew - this was a hard pill to swallow!

Conformity has never been a part of Pain of Salvation's vocabulary, while adjectives like adventurous and innovative have often been used do describe them. And "Road Salt One" is both adventurous and innovative, but at the same time so far off the chart that I fear they will alienate more fans than they will attract with the direction they've chosen here...

But we were warned; the "Linoleum" EP gave us an insight in where they might be going with this album and the consequence is an album that has it's point of origin in the early days of progressive rock, dating all the way back to the 60s. This is sort of a spiritual journey into the darkest corners of Daniel Gildenl÷w musical and lyrical universe, and the artistic effects they uses to portrait it are varied and many.

They are trying to fit so many styles into the sound universe of Pain of Salvation, while it worked with disco on "Scarsick", I do have a hard time getting used to cabaret music on this album. I do consider myself being open-minded when it comes to music, but I really can't come to terms with the direction Pain of Salvation has taken with "Road Salt One".

I really wanted to love this album but ended up being frustrated and disappointed...

01. No Way (5:28)
02. She Likes To Hide (2:57)
03. Sisters (6:15)
04. Of Dust (2:32)
05. Tell Me You Don't Know (2:42)
06. Sleeping Under The Stars (3:35)
07. Darkness Of Mine (4:17)
08. Linoleum (4:55)
09. Curiosity (3:33)
10. Where It Hurts (4:51)
11. Road Salt (3:00)
12. Innocence (7:15)
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 22nd 2010