Review Summary: Which pill will you take.
The album cover shows the picture of a multi-colored flower, or sun, or an explosion – it is ambiguous. That’s the point though, the point is for it to be a random splotch, something that will allow the observer to make of it what they will. The idea has been used in writing novels, for it keeps the audience on edge, unsure of what will happen next. If you leave it this way, the scene does not need to be heavily detailed, it can remain simple. Unless the soul has no imagination at all, they will see the scene in a unique way. Now imagine this technique as applied to music. A piece of music can signify different meaning to the unique individual depending on the feelings, memories, and other things it invokes. Musical opinions cannot be false for they are still opinions, and opinions are true for the person who has them.
In my opinion, this album is rather pleasant and easy on the ears – this is the sum of my opinion on the album. Although there is little that makes it seem outstanding, the normalcy of it all actually suits the band well. I mean, the piano sounds rather nice, and so do the strings and whatnot. The classic instruments always sounded good, so why not use them properly? Indeed, it is a breath of fresh air to hear such instruments used in a normal way. It feels comfortable. This way, it is your favorite couch to sit on, or your pair of old, worn shoes. What a nice feeling it is, like experiencing an orchestra in live performance. In fact, it is not unlike a soundtrack.
The complication is that the album is really not that incredible or complex. Anyone could program fake instruments to do their bidding through musical software, and that is most likely how this album came to be. It sounds like some guy made this with his computer, and did not take the time to get real musicians to play real instruments. Deceitfulness seems to have happened here, for although it all sounds good, none of it sounds genuine. Consequently, the album feels shallow, it feels like a nearly empty pool which is clearly not enough to swim in. It is a body of water found in a video game, for although it seems stunning, the entire body is not real at all, but a conglomeration generated by a computer. Therefore, one may enjoy the Matrix, but the feeling that something is wrong will always remain. The choice is yours.