Charcoal Grace

From the first mundane melodies and generic rhythm riff to the last, one thing is clear: there's no originality on this recording. The singer's occassional venture outside his falsetto has some redeeming factors, but it's far too little to keep the songs from meandering. And when you get excited for a climax! … they bring a predictable arpeggio and vocals that won't make a VU meter move. The lyrics reminded me of a angsty teen would write in their secret notebook. Both Charcoal Grace IV: Give me Hell and Mute are engaging and are, as the rest, filler on the pile of conservative prog. Go listen to their In Contact instead.

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