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OSI - Blood - CD - Inside Out - 2009

review by: Roberto Martinelli

When a band is made up of noted, celebrated progressive rock / metal musicians, who instead try to make an album of more catchy, simple tunes, played well below their technical abilities, you get tepid results like OSIís Blood.

Nothing rises above average here. The songs sound like guys too proficient in the absolute opposite thing to be trying to make simpler music with basic appeal. Theyíre very much out of their element. Elements that point to this can be seen in how the songs go on much too long considering how their simplicity calls for shorter and sweeter; how too many of the tracks get mired in a misty, laid-back vibe that sounds bored; or how space made for communicated lyrical themes make one wish for something to offer some distraction.

The singing (which is always augmented via a slightly cavernous, digital effect) is decent-good, and is nothing better than a great back-up voice for a brighter, more juicy front person who is sadly not present here. The drums sound good, but are not remarkable or fun. The instrumentation is obviously done by masters, but itís also restrained.

The track order shoots the albumís momentum in the foot, with the album starting off with the kind of track youíd normally find offering a respite between a string of intense numbers on other albums promoted as being in the prog world. Then a more energetic track is brought down again with another lethargic number.

Kevin Moore, Dream Theaterís once keyboardist, is one of the main names here. Drawing a connection to his work, imagine the kind of song "Space Dye Vest" is, but at about 1/3rd strength, and for an entire album, and youíre beginning to get how compelling this Blood record is. Itís unoffensive and listenable, but as the most heinous of all musical relegations: as background music. (5/10)

 

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